Definitions

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

  • n. A surgical instrument for scraping bones.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A surgical instrument used to scrape bones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for scraping bones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A surgeons' instrument for scraping bones.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of fishes.

Etymologies

Greek xūstēr, scraper, from xūein, to scrape.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ξυστήρ ("xustēr"), from ξύω ("scrape"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Greek; a surgical instrument for scraping bones.

    January 4, 2009