from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology and anatomy, a crest, in any sense; a ridge, prominence, or process like or likened to a crest or comb.
  • n. In ornithology, specifically— The crest of feathers on a bird's head. The keel of the breast-bone of a carinate bird; the crista sterni.
  • n. In anatomy, a ridge or crest for the attachment of a muscle.
  • n. A narrow fold of enamel directed inward and backward from a point near the meeting of the protoloph and ectoloph in such a tooth as that of a rhinoceros. See cut under tooth.
  • n. A cord-like longitudinal ridge on the dorsal surface of the egg-capsule of cockroaches.


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