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

  • n. A parotid gland.
  • adj. Situated near the ear: the parotid region of the face.
  • adj. Of or relating to a parotid gland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to the parotid gland.
  • n. The parotid gland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated near the ear; -- applied especially to the salivary gland near the ear.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the parotid gland.
  • n. The parotid gland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The parotid gland, a lobulated racemose gland situated near the ear, secreting saliva, which is poured into the mouth by a special duct.
  • n. In many types of ancient Greek helmets, an ear-guard or side-guard, a piece on either side of the helmet arranged to shield the ear and the side of the head by stopping a downward blow.
  • Situated beside the ear; parotic or parotoid.

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

  • adj. relating to or located near the parotid gland

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