from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two slender bones in humans that extend from the manubrium of the sternum to the acromion of the scapula. Also called collarbone.
- n. One of the bones of the pectoral girdle in many vertebrates.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The collar bone; the prominent bone at the top of the chest between the shoulder and the neck.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The collar bone, which is joined at one end to the scapula, or shoulder blade, and at the other to the sternum, or breastbone. In man each clavicle is shaped like the letter �, and is situated just above the first rib on either side of the neck. In birds the two clavicles are united ventrally, forming the merrythought, or wishbone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The collar-bone, forming one of the elements of the pectoral arch in vertebrate animals.
- n. In botany, a tendril.
- n. The columella of a univalve shell.
- n. In ichthyology, usually the largest bone of the shoulder-girdle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bone linking the scapula and sternum
New Latin clāvīcula, from Latin, diminutive of clāvis, key (from its shape).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin clāvīcula, diminutive of clāvis ("key"). (Wiktionary)