hyoid

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French hyoïde, from modern Latin hyoides, from Ancient Greek ὑοειδής (huoeidḗs, shaped like the letter υ (u)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hyoid (comparative more hyoid, superlative most hyoid)

  1. Shaped like a U, or like the letter upsilon; specifically, designating a bone or group of bones supporting the tongue.
    • 1969: The hyoid bone in her throat flutters as if discharging some subvocal rosary. — JG Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition

Noun[edit]

hyoid (plural hyoids)

  1. The hyoid bone.
    • 1973: the vulture, relinquishing its title, surely in natural justice gave me a right to this femur, this curiously distorted hyoid? — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise