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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lower lateral lobe of either cerebral hemisphere, located in front of the occipital lobe and containing the sensory center of hearing in the brain.

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  • n. one of the four major divisions of the cerebrum of the brain, located behind the temples

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  • n. that part of the cerebral cortex in either hemisphere of the brain lying inside the temples of the head

Etymologies

from Latin tempora (plural of tempus) 'temples (of the head)' (Wiktionary)

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  • The temporal lobes are parts of the cerebrum that are involved in speech, memory, and hearing. They lie at the sides of the brain, beneath the lateral or Sylvian fissure. (Wikipedia)

    May 22, 2008