Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bone of the heel; the os calcis or calcaneum. See fibulare, and cut under foot.
  • n. The calcar of a bat.

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Examples

  • Again, the tendons of the long flexor of the toes, and of the long flexor of the great toe, when they reach the sole of the foot, do not remain distinct from one another, as the flexors in the palm of the hand do, but they become united and commingled in a very curious manner — while their united tendons receive an accessory muscle connected with the heel-bone.

    Essays

  • There was a heel-bone, in particular, which Dr Macleod said was such, that if the foot was in proportion, it must have been twenty-seven inches long.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Another philosopher also declared that if you take the heel-bone of an ass and bind it upon the foot of the patient, he is cured, provided that you take the right bone for the right foot, and conversely, and he swore this was true.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • There was a heel-bone, in particular, which Dr. Macleod said was such, that if the foot was in proportion, it must have been twenty-seven inches long.

    Life of Johnson

  • In the latter also the fibula, which is anchylosed to the end of the tibia, articulates with the calcaneum or heel-bone, which is not the case with the simple-toothed rodents.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • Formed like man, and practicing similar gestures, but with thumbs instead of great toes upon their feet, and with so narrow a heel-bone, that even those who constantly walk upright have not the firm and dignified step of human beings; the Quadrumana yet approximate so closely to us, that they demand the first place in a book devoted principally to the intellectual (whether it be reason or instinct) history of animals.

    Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals

  • Again, the tendons of the long flexor of the toes, and of the long flexor of the great toe, when they reach the sole of the foot, do not remain distinct from one another, as the flexors in the palm of the hand do, but they become united and commingled in a very curious manner -- while their united tendons receive an accessory muscle connected with the heel-bone.

    Lectures and Essays

  • Grey brown, base of the fur blackish, beneath paler; cheeks blackish; ears small, rather thin, longer than the fur; tragus elongate, half as long as the ears, rounded at the end; wings nearly bald, except near the arm-pit; interfemoral membrane hairy at the base; heel-bone elongate, two-thirds the length of the margin of the interfemoral membrane.

    Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, Volume 2

  • The Arabian examined and touched Juan, and made this and that experiment with him, and everything prospered, in that the physician swore great oaths by the heel-bone of Mohammed that there was a complete certainty of curing

    First Love (Little Blue Book #1195) And Other Fascinating Stories of Spanish Life

  • The younger sister was pleased to see him, and admired and patted the pretty dog, but the elder sat mumbling the very heel-bone he was seeking, and was surly and sour, and repelled the dog, although he looked most wistfully up in her face, while she sucked the bone from one side of her mouth to the other.

    The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians

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