Definitions

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

  • n. The projection of skin-covered cartilage in front of the meatus of the external ear.
  • n. Any of the hairs growing at the entrance to the meatus of the external ear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The small piece of thick cartilage of the external ear that is immediately in front of the ear canal.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek tragos, goat, hairy part of the ear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • The flap called the tragus protects of the auditory meatus, or earhole.

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  • It can also be used for other piercings, such as tragus or conchs, just to name a few.

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  • I originally had a titanium barbell, which cost a mint but healed extremely well. i have since had it professionally changed to a surgical steel BCR .. which probably should have been titanium. anyway, i have the typical “tragus bump”, which is annoying me to no end.

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  • Hey, if you're not able to get the live goat, you could have people draw the tragus of the person next to them...

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  • Man, HOW could I have forgotten Dennis -- the source of the whole accurate ear/tragus/Darwin's tubercle/Liam Clancy's advice to Bob Dylan train of thought!

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  • I do have a tragus piercing and a helix orbital piercing.

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  • Au debut je voulais stretcher mon nombril mais comme je l'ai retiré (je mettrais une foto de la cicatrice plus tard ... d't'facon elle est pas prete de partir donc on a l'temps) bref j'en etais ou ... oui donc: que ne pouvant pas stretcher mon nombril voila je fais le tragus qui etait prevu en deuxieme ...

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  • Mon tragus est gonflé je ne peux ni maché ni parler ni rire ni sourire ...

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  • Even Dilbert gets into the action. A shame Scott couldn't work meatus in as well.

    March 18, 2011

  • More tragicomedy in the news.

    August 3, 2010

  • I think you may be right. :-)

    July 16, 2007

  • Safe unless I get a hankering for cod wrap and stop by Silly's at the same time you do! Look for the woman staring surreptitiously at ears.

    Come to think of it, staring surreptitiously is probably akin to jumbo shrimp.

    July 16, 2007

  • Yea, you should be safe. ;-)

    July 16, 2007

  • *glad slumry won't be checking out my ears any time soon, since we live on opposite sides of the country* ;-)

    July 16, 2007

  • Oh dear, now I will be compelled to go about observing tragi to see if they are hairy. A little scientific survey. ;-)

    July 16, 2007

  • Odd, sionnach, that it derives from the same root as tragic. Makes a Wordie wonder.... ;-)

    March 2, 2007

  • But this doesn't mean "hairy ear," and it doesn't refer only to people with hairy ears. Whether people with hairy ears look like goats or not is irrelevant. The word refers to a part outside your ear that everyone has, even people without hairy traguses (tragi?). Why that has anything to do with goats is beyond me. But very interesting, so thanks for posting the etymology. I say again... ?!?!

    March 2, 2007

  • Joke, seanahan. Joke. :-)

    March 2, 2007

  • Um, goats have very hairy ears. People with hairy ears look like goats. Seems like a pretty straight forward explanation.

    March 2, 2007

  • this word is tragic

    March 2, 2007

  • ?!?! too! How they got from goat to hairy part of the ear, I don't want to know.

    March 1, 2007

  • ?!?!

    March 1, 2007

  • The etymology is even more bizarre:

    New Latin, from Greek tragos, goat, hairy part of the ear.

    March 1, 2007

  • Wow. This is a weird word that doesn't sound at all like its meaning. Meatus is even weirder and sounds even less like its meaning!

    March 1, 2007

  • Ditto, trivet.

    March 1, 2007

  • Gross, y'all!

    Meatus just made the hate list.

    March 1, 2007

  • Blecch! An even more ghastly image!

    March 1, 2007

  • sounds like a meat foetus.

    If God didn't want us to eat fetuses, why are they made out of meat?

    March 1, 2007

  • Eeew. Meatus. Doesn't it sound like it's supposed to be a big hunk of steak?

    March 1, 2007

  • cool. and cause of this word, I found meatus!

    March 1, 2007

  • that little flap of cartilage at the front of the opening of your ear

    March 1, 2007