dorsal

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

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dorsal (comparative more dorsal, superlative most dorsal)

  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.
  3. (linguistics) A sound produced using the dorsum of the tongue.

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Catalan[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dorsal (masculine and feminine plural dorsals)

  1. dorsal

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Adjective[edit]

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

  1. dorsal

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German[edit]

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dorsal (not comparable)

  1. dorsal

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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)

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

dorsal (plural dorsales)

  1. (anatomy) dorsal

Noun[edit]

dorsal m (plural dorsales)

  1. ridge