American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint. Also called anklebone, astragalus.
- n. The ankle.
- n. A sloping mass of rock debris at the base of a cliff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anat: The ankle or ankle-joint: as, os tali, the bone of the ankle.
- n. The ankle-bone or huckle-bone; the astragalus.
- n. In ornithology, same as calcaneum, 2.
- n. That variety of clubfoot in which the heel rests on the ground and the toes are drawn up; talipes calcaneus.
- n. In entomology, the apex or distal end of the tibia, articulated with the tarsus.
- n. In architecture, the slope or inclination of any work, as of a wall inclined on its face, either by decreasing its thickness toward the summit or by leaning it against a bank.
- n. In fort, the slope of a work, as a bastion, rampart, or parapet.
- n. The mass of rocky fragments which lies at the base of a cliff or precipitous rock, and which has been formed by the accumulation of pieces brought down from above by the action of gravity, rain, frost, etc.; scree; debris; wash. See these words.
- n. anatomy The bone of the ankle.
- n. geology A sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice.
- n. architecture The slope of an embankment wall, which is thicker at the bottom than at the top.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The astragalus.
- n. (Surg.) A variety of clubfoot (Talipes calcaneus). See the Note under Talipes.
- n. (Fort.) A slope; the inclination of the face of a work.
- n. (Geol.) A sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice.
- n. a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
- n. the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
- From French talus. (Wiktionary)
- Latin tālus, ankle.French talus, from Old French talu, sloping side of an earthwork, from Latin talūtium, gold-bearing outcrop, perhaps of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Opposable big toes and nail-bearing tips on the fingers and toes confirm the fossil is a primate, and a foot bone called the talus bone links Ida directly to humans, Hurum said.”
“The talus is the second largest of the tarsal bones.”
“This fort is what engineers call a talus, being, as I suppose, the exact area, very nearly, of the top of a cliff overlooking the town.”
“The talus is a very important bone in the ankle," said study co-author Joseph Kou, M.D., attending surgeon at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists in Walnut Creek, Calif.”
“Below, there is a vertical drop of 30 feet to the top of the rough talus which is as steep as rocks and earth will lie.”
“A talus is a person, and I would assume that in cities in which slavery is legal, anyone with sufficient funds could go to a facility such as yours and order a talus built -- ”
“I take it that's the part covering what I would call the talus's chest. ”
“Because a talus is a person," Silk continued, "both in law and in fact.”
“Reached the interior "talus"  of the rampart. [”
“The James Gang and I began exploring the west talus slope where a barely discernible trail angled down the steep, crumbly slope.”
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