from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projecting bracket that is used in classical architecture to carry the upper elements of a cornice; a console.
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- n. The corner of a wall or rafter.
- n. A console that appears to support a cornice.
- n. The elbow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The olecranon, or the elbow.
- n. The corner or quoin of a wall, cross-beam, or rafter.
- n. A bracket supporting a cornice; a console.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anatomy, the olecranon; the upper end of the ulna; the elbow. See cut under forearm.
- n. In architecture, any projection designed to support a cornice or other structural feature, as a console or a corbel.
- n. Also written ancone.
- n. The name of a celebrated breed of sheep, originated in Massachusetts in 1791 from a ram having a long body and short, crooked legs, and therefore unable to leap fences. It was also known as the otter breed, and is now extinct.
[* For example, the sheep with very short legs, called ancon sheep in Connecticut, and examined by Sir Everard Home.
In plants and in animals, accidental varieties, formed under our own eyes, have become fixed, and have been propagated; * (* For example, the sheep with very short legs, called ancon sheep in Connecticut, and examined by Sir Everard
The targets were called Ancilia from their form; for they are not made round, nor like proper targets, of a complete circumference, but are cut out into a wavy line, the ends of which are rounded off and turned in at the thickest part towards each other; so that their shape is curvilinear, or, in Greek, ancylon; or the name may come from ancon, the elbow, on which they are carried.
The Epitrochleo-anconæus, a small muscle often present runs from the back of the inner condyle to the olecranon, over the ulnar nerve.
So it has probably been with the turnspit dog; and this is known to have been the case with the ancon sheep.
There is, also, a turnspit, with short and crooked legs, closely resembling the existing variety; but this kind of monstrosity is so common with various animals, as with the ancon sheep, and even, according to Rengger, with jaguars in
These sheep are remarkable from transmitting their character so truly that Colonel Humphreys  never heard of "but one questionable case" of an ancon ram and ewe not producing ancon offspring.
If the Mauchamp and ancon breeds had originated a century or two ago, we should have had no record of their birth; and many a naturalist would no doubt have insisted, especially in the case of the Mauchamp race, that they had each descended from, or been crossed with, some unknown aboriginal form.
From this one lamb the _otter_ or _ancon_ semi-monstrous breed was raised; as these sheep could not leap over the fences, it was thought that they would be valuable; but they have been supplanted by merinos, and thus exterminated.
n. - perpetual unhappiness adj. - having two faces or edges; double-headed; twofold. ancon