dorsal

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From Middle French dorsal, from Latin dorsālis (of or relating to the back).

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dorsal (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located, or the analogous side of an invertebrate.
  2. (of a knife) Having only one sharp side.
  3. (anatomy) Relating to the top surface of the foot or hand.
  4. (linguistics, of a sound) Produced using the dorsum of the tongue.
  5. (botany) Relating to the surface naturally inferior, as of a leaf.
  6. (botany) Relating to the surface naturally superior, as of a creeping hepatic moss.

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Noun[edit]

dorsal (plural dorsals)

  1. (art) A hanging, usually of rich stuff, at the back of a throne, altar, etc.
  2. In snakes, any of the longitudinal series of plates that encircle the body, excluding the ventral scales.

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French[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

dorsal m (feminine dorsale, masculine plural dorsaux, feminine plural dorsales)

  1. dorsal

Portuguese[edit]

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dorsal m, f (plural dorsais; comparable)

  1. (anatomy) dorsal (of the back)
  2. (anatomy) dorsal (of the top surface of a hand or foot)

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Adjective[edit]

dorsal m, f (plural dorsales)

  1. (anatomy) dorsal