from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A conical bony horn, such as those found in the okapi.


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  • "The best parts of this query, as always, were the things I learned along the way: I've added Pursuing Giraffe to my to-read list (books on women's struggle to be taken seriously as scientists are always gripping reading) and I learned the word ossicusp -- which is a very rare term for the skin-covered horns on the head of a giraffe (or an okapi)."

    - Dictionary Evangelist

    October 11, 2007

  • You know, at first I thought this said "perusing giraffe," which, though an error, is so endearing, I'm putting it on my list anyway.

    Ossicusp is a fantabulous word.

    October 11, 2007

  • Truly. On a list it goes. :-)

    October 11, 2007