Definitions

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

  • n. The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint. Also called anklebone, astragalus.
  • n. The ankle.
  • n. A sloping mass of rock debris at the base of a cliff.

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  • n. The bone of the ankle.
  • n. A sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice.
  • n. The slope of an embankment wall, which is thicker at the bottom than at the top.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The astragalus.
  • n. A variety of clubfoot (Talipes calcaneus). See the Note under Talipes.
  • n. A slope; the inclination of the face of a work.
  • n. A sloping heap of fragments of rock lying at the foot of a precipice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anat: The ankle or ankle-joint: as, os tali, the bone of the ankle.
  • n. The ankle-bone or huckle-bone; the astragalus.
  • n. In ornithology, same as calcaneum, 2.
  • n. That variety of clubfoot in which the heel rests on the ground and the toes are drawn up; talipes calcaneus.
  • n. In entomology, the apex or distal end of the tibia, articulated with the tarsus.
  • n. In architecture, the slope or inclination of any work, as of a wall inclined on its face, either by decreasing its thickness toward the summit or by leaning it against a bank.
  • n. In fort, the slope of a work, as a bastion, rampart, or parapet.
  • n. The mass of rocky fragments which lies at the base of a cliff or precipitous rock, and which has been formed by the accumulation of pieces brought down from above by the action of gravity, rain, frost, etc.; scree; debris; wash. See these words.

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

  • n. a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
  • n. the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint

Etymologies

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

Latin tālus, ankle.
French talus, from Old French talu, sloping side of an earthwork, from Latin talūtium, gold-bearing outcrop, perhaps of Celtic origin.

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From Latin.

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From French talus.

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  • Geology: cf. scree

    January 15, 2009