kneepan

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Etymology[edit]

knee +‎ pan

Noun[edit]

kneepan (plural kneepans)

  1. The kneecap; the patella.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 11:
      by little and little we found ourselves sitting up; the clothes well tucked around us, leaning against the head-board with our four knees drawn up close together, and our two noses bending over them, as if our kneepans were warming-pans.

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