from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The back part of the head or skull.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The back part of the head or skull (contradistinct from sinciput).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The back, or posterior, part of the head or skull; the region of the occipital bone.
- n. A plate which forms the back part of the head of insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In man, the hinder part of the head, or that part of the skull which forms the hind part of the head; the hindhead; the posterior part of the calvarium, from the middle of the vertex to the foramen magnum: opposed to sinciput.
- n. In other vertebrates, a corresponding but varying part of the head or skull: as, in most mammals, only that part corresponding to the supraoccipital bone itself, or from the occipital protuberance to the foramen magnum.
- n. In descriptive ornith., a frequent term for the part of the head which slopes up from nucha to vertex. See diagram under bird.
- n. In herpetology, the generally flat back part of the top of the head, as where, in a snake for example, the occipital plates are situated.
- n. In entomology, that part of the head behind the epicranium, belonging to the labial or second maxillary segment, and articulating with the thorax.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. back part of the head or skull
Middle English, from Latin occiput, occipit- : ob-, against; see ob- + caput, head; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin occiput, occipitium ("the back part of the head"), from ob ("over against") + caput ("head"). Compare sinciput. (Wiktionary)