from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The basal joint of the maxilla in insects.
  • n. The hinge of a bivalve shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In conchology, the hinge of a bivalve shell.
  • n. In entomology, the basal joint of the maxilla, a narrow transverse piece, articulating with the lower side of the head.
  • n. In Myriapoda, the distal or exterior one of two pieces of which the protomala or so-called mandible consists, the other piece being the stipes. See ṗrotomala, and cut under epilabrum. A. S. Packard.
  • n. In the pelecypod mollusks, the primitive hinge: contrasted with the articulus or adult hinge.
  • n. One of the two intersecting central streets of the Roman military camp or castrum, the other being the decumanus. A similar arrangement is found in the prehistoric pile-settlements of northern Italy.


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  • The term cardo means a hinge, that on which a thing turns, its principal point; and from this St. Thomas derives the various significations of the virtues as cardinal, whether in the generic sense, inasmuch as they are the common qualities of all other moral virtues, or in the specific sense, inasmuch as each has a distinct formal object determining its nature.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • In the eighth century we read (Vita Stephani, III) of the most ancient custom in virtue of which seven of these bishops, called hebdomadarii, celebrated Mass in turn in place of the pope and were called episcopi cardinales, from being permanently attached to the cardo, that is the cathedral church of Rome; but we are not told who they were.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • This time of year, you can find dishes with cardo gobbo served in a lot of local restaurants.

    Where Health Springs Eternal

  • The cardo gobbo hunchbacked thistle is a perfect example.

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  • * Heart attacks and virtually all cardo-vascular diseases

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  • Virtue comes from the Latin word "vir" or man and cardinal from the word "cardo" or hinge.

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  • Nervio principal y pecíolo de las hojas de ciertas plantas, como la acelga, el cardo, la lechuga, etc.

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  • The characteristic species of the hills are the cardo de lomas (Cactáceas), amancaes (Hymenocallis amancaes), tara (Caesalpinia tara), papaya silvestre (Carica sp.) and others otras.

    Sechura desert

  • We looked around asking for “post cardo” and finally got a young woman I will call Yuki 22-24 who had a decent amount of English.

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  • Of course, the assymetry of the cardo line may require a more involved explanation that historians narrowly educated in only Greco-Roman history are probably not qualified to provide us.

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