Definitions

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

  • n. The outer and narrower of two bones of the human lower leg, extending from the knee to the ankle.
  • n. The corresponding bone in the hind leg of an animal.
  • n. An often ornamented clasp or brooch used in ancient Greece and Rome to fasten clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The smaller of the two bones in the lower leg, the calf bone.
  • n. An ancient kind of brooch used to hold clothing together, similar in function to the modern safety pin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brooch, clasp, or buckle.
  • n. The outer and usually the smaller of the two bones of the leg, or hind limb, below the knee.
  • n. A needle for sewing up wounds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In archaeology, a clasp or brooch, usually more or less ornamented. Objects of this kind are found among the earliest metallic remains of antiquity.
  • n. In surgery, a needle for sewing up wounds.
  • n. In anatomy, the outer one of two bones which in most vertebrates (above fishes) extend from the knee to the ankle: so called because in man the bone is very slender, like a clasp or splint applied alongside the tibia.
  • n. In masonry, an iron crank used to fasten stones together.
  • n. In zoology: A genus of echinoderms.
  • n. A genus of mollusks.

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

  • n. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg between the knee and ankle

Etymologies

Latin fībula, clasp, from fīgere, to fasten.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fībula ("clasp, buckle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • See also safety pin
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural fib·u·lae \-lē, -lī\ or fib·u·las
    Etymology: Latin, pin, clasp; akin to Latin figere to fasten
    Date: 1578
    1 : the outer and usually smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle in the hind or lower limbs of vertebrates
    2 : a clasp resembling a safety pin used especially by the ancient Greeks and Romans

    February 1, 2008