from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A comma-shaped bone of the human wrist, located in the first row of carpals.
  • noun A concave bone of the human foot, located between the talus and the metatarsals.
  • adjective Shaped like a boat; scaphoid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to small ships or boats; shaped like a boat; cymbiform. Specifically
  • In anatomy, scaphoid: applied to certain bones of the hand and foot. See II.
  • In entomology, oblong or ovate, with a concave disk and raised margins, as the bodies of certain insects.
  • In botany, resembling or belonging to the genus Navicula; boat-shaped.
  • noun In anatomy:
  • noun The scaphoid bone of the carpus; the radiale, or bone of the proximal row on the radial side of the wrist. See cut under hand.
  • noun The scaphoid bone of the tarsus, a bone of the proximal row, on the inner or tibial side, in special relation with the astragalus and the cuneiform bones. See cut under foot.
  • noun A large transversely extended sesamoid bone developed in the tendon of the deep flexor, at the back of the distal phalangeal articulation of the foot of the horse, between the coronary and the coffin-bone. See cut under fetter-bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a boat or ship.
  • adjective Shaped like a boat; cymbiform; scaphoid
  • adjective (Anat.) A proximal bone on the radial side of the carpus; the scaphoid.
  • adjective (Far.) a disease affecting the navicular bone, or the adjacent parts, in a horse's foot.
  • noun (Anat.) The navicular bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Shaped like a boat.
  • noun anatomy A navicular bone.

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

  • noun the largest wrist bone on the thumb side
  • adjective shaped like a boat


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

[From Latin nāvicula, boat, diminutive of nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.]


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