jugular

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin jugulāris, from Latin iugulum (neck, throat), from iugum (yoke), from Proto-Indo-European *yugóm.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌɡ.jʊ.lə/, /ˈdʒʌɡ.jə.lə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌɡ.jʊ.lɚ/, /ˈdʒʌɡ.jə.lɚ/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

jugular (not comparable)

  1. Relating to, or located near, the neck or throat.
  2. (zoology, of fish) Having ventral fins attached under the throat.
  3. (humorous) Relating to juggling.

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Noun[edit]

jugular (plural jugulars)

  1. Vein through the neck (or thorax) that returns blood from the head back towards the heart. Properly this is called the jugular vein.
  2. By extension, any critical vulnerability.
    It was vicious; he went for the jugular.

Usage notes[edit]

The plural form jugulars is almost never used.

Quotations[edit]

  • One of Lionel's old Salthill friends with whom he exchanged perhaps a dozen words a year, and with whom he sometimes played squash, and tennis, both men killers on the court, seeking the jugular [...]. - "Middle Age : A Romance" (2001) by Joyce Carol Oates (Fourth Estate, paperback edition, 83)

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Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

jugular m, f (plural jugulares; comparable)

  1. jugular (relating to the neck or throat)

Noun[edit]

jugular f (plural jugulares)

  1. jugular vein

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