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

  • n. A bony process projecting from the scapula toward the sternum in mammals.
  • n. A beak-shaped bone articulating with the scapula and sternum in most lower vertebrates, such as birds and reptiles.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a coracoid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Part of the scapula that projects towards the sternum in mammals; the coracoid process
  • n. A small bone linking the scapula and sternum in birds, reptiles and some other vertebrates
  • adj. Of, pertaining to or resembling such a process or bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shaped like a crow's beak.
  • adj. Pertaining to a bone of the shoulder girdle in most birds, reptiles, and amphibians, which is reduced to a process of the scapula in most mammals.
  • n. The coracoid bone or process.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shaped like a crow's beak.
  • Pertaining to the coracoid; connected with the coracoid, as, the coracoid ligament.
  • n. The distal or ventral element of the scapular arch, extending from the scapula to or toward the sternum, of whatever size, shape, or position: so named from the fact that in adult man it somewhat resembles the beak of a crow in size and shape. See cut under scapula.
  • n. In ichthyology, a large bone of the shoulder-girdle; the clavicle; not homologous with the coracoid of Agassiz or of Parker, or the coracoideum of Vogt and Yung.


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

New Latin coracoīdēs, from Greek korakoeidēs, ravenlike : korax, korak-, raven + -oeidēs, -oid.



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