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  • n. Any of several cup-shaped organs in various animals

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. cotylæ (-lē). In Greek antiquity: A small drinking- or dipping-vessel, the exact form of which is uncertain.
  • n. An ancient Greek unit of capacity, varying from less than half a pint to a quart, United States (old wine) measure.
  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a cup-like cavity; an acetabulum.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In ornithology, an erroneous form of Cotile.


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  • It should be particularly known that the union of all bones is, for the most part, by a head and socket (cotyle); in some of these the place (socket?) is cotyloid and oblong, and in some the socket is glenoid (shallow?).

    On The Articulations

  • Having thus escaped the danger, the Romans threw their sentinel down the rock; while on Manlius they conferred by vote a reward for his bravery, intended more for honour than advantage; for each man gave him a day's rations, which consisted of half a Roman pound of meal, and the fourth part of a Greek cotyle of wine.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  • And then my etymological heart quickened in the presence of the Grand Design, for there was one more definition: "One of the cotyle-dons or lobes of the placenta in ruminating animals."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • ISfchias iifdem remediis curatur, praeterquam quod repelletia no admittat, fed purgato cor - pore, valenter foras ex profunda cotyle trahen - tibus: vt, cataplafmate ex ftercore colubinoin - diget.

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