Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A butchers’ name of the ligamentum nuchæ or nuchal ligament of the back of the neck of cattle, etc. It is a stout strong cord composed of yellow elastic fibrous tissue, assisting in the support of the head without, muscular effort. A similar structure, in various degrees of development, exists in most mammals, including man. Also called
paxywaxy, packwax, faxwax, fixfax, and whit-leather. See cut under ligamentum.
- n. anatomy A strong ligament of the back of the neck in quadrupeds, connecting the back of the skull with dorsal spines of the cervical vertebrae; the nuchal ligament.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The strong ligament of the back of the neck in quadrupeds. It connects the back of the skull with dorsal spines of the cervical vertebræ, and helps to support the head. Called also
- For faxvax, from Anglo-Saxon for "hair" (akin to Old High German fahs) + weaxan to grow. See wax to grow, and compare faxed, pectinate. (Wiktionary)
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