ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: tragus

tragus (trā′gəs), noun
1.  The small projection of skin-covered cartilage at the front of the ear.
2.  Any of the hairs growing just behind this projection, partially covering the entrance to the ear.

Diagram here.

Etymology:  late 1600s, from Greek tragos, hairy part of the ear; literally 'goat'.

Therei is also an antitragus, which probably gets its name from its proximity to the tragus, rather than from being less goaty.
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