Definitions

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

  • n. The slight projection at the front of the throat formed by the largest cartilage of the larynx, usually more prominent in men than in women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The lump in the throat, usually more noticeable in men than in women; the laryngeal prominence.
  • n. A common name for Tabernaemontana divaricata, a fragrant house plant native to southeast Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The projection formed by the thyroid cartilage in the neck. It is particularly prominent in males, and is so called from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit (an apple) sticking in the throat of our first parent.
  • See under Adam.

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

  • n. the largest cartilage of the larynx
  • n. tropical shrub having glossy foliage and fragrant nocturnal flowers with crimped or wavy corollas; northern India to Thailand

Etymologies

Ultimately translation of French pomme d'Adam, pomegranate, Adam's apple (sense influenced by Arabic rummāna, pomegranate, Adam's apple) : pomme, apple + de, of + Adam, Adam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of French pomme d'Adam. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "It will b-be b-better in a minute," said Richard, and his Adam's apple moved convulsively up and down.

    Autumn

  • He stopped and swallowed and his Adam's apple moved up and down; then for the first time he looked Rubashov full in the face.

    Autumn

  • Richard stood on the edge of the pavement, cap in hand; his Adam's apple moved rapidly up and down.

    Autumn

  • He laid his own sword with meticulous care across Jock's neck, where the Adam's apple bobbed up and down.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • He wore loose tan chinos, bibbed with blood, and a polo shirt, open at the throat, which was open itself where a bullet had entered the Adam's apple dead center.

    The Debt Collector

  • He was tall, thin almost to the point of emaciation, with a prominent Adam's apple that bobbled as he spoke and a voice so deep he sounded as if he were speaking into a well.

    Hero Come Back

  • Beads of water ran from his poncho, nose and Adam's apple and from the barrel of his submachine-gun.

    Stallion Gate

  • The boy nodded; his Adam's apple moved up and down.

    Autumn

  • "Were you really so happy in those days?" asked Rubashov; but the peasant only murmured something unintelligible, while his Adam's apple slid up and down his throat several times.

    Autumn

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