Definitions

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

  • n. The armpit.
  • n. A body part analogous to the armpit, such as the hollow under a bird's wing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
  • n. Alternative form of axil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
  • n. An axil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy, the armpit; a region of the body in the recess between the upper arm (or in birds the upper part of the wing) and the side of the chest beneath the shoulder.
  • n. In botany, same as axil, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the hollow under the arm where it is joined to the shoulder

Etymologies

Latin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin axilla ("side, armpit"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "In Italy one doctor gave intravenous injections of mercuric chloride. Another rubbed creosote, a disinfectant, into the axilla, where lymph nodes, outposts of white blood cells scattered through the body, lie beneath the skin. A third insisted that enemas of warm milk and one drop of creosote every twelve hours for every year of age prevented pneumonia."
    —John M. Barry, The Great Influenza (NY: Penguin Books, 2004), 354

    February 17, 2009

  • What a delightful word for armpit!

    May 15, 2008