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

  • n. Anatomy The hip or hip joint.
  • n. Zoology The first segment of the leg of an insect or other arthropod, joining the leg to the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The basal segment of a limb of various arthropods (insects and spiders, for example).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The first joint of the leg of an insect or crustacean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The femur or thigh-bone.
  • n. In anatomy: The hipbone, os coxæ or os innominatum.
  • n. The hip-joint.
  • n. In entomology, the first or basal joint (sometimes called the hip) of an insect's leg, by which it is articulated to the body.
  • n. The basal joint of the leg of a spider or a crustacean; a coxopodite (which see).

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

  • n. the ball-and-socket joint between the head of the femur and the acetabulum


Latin, hip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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