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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strong ligament of the back of the neck in quadrupeds, connecting the back of the skull with dorsal spines of the cervical vertebrae; the nuchal ligament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The strong ligament of the back of the neck in quadrupeds. It connects the back of the skull with dorsal spines of the cervical vertebræ, and helps to support the head. Called also paxywaxy and packwax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A butchers’ name of the ligamentum nuchæ or nuchal ligament of the back of the neck of cattle, etc.

Etymologies

For faxvax, from Anglo-Saxon for "hair" (akin to Old High German fahs) + weaxan to grow. See wax to grow, and compare faxed, pectinate. (Wiktionary)

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  • (n.) The strong ligament of the back of the neck in quadrupeds. It connects the back of the skull with dorsal spines of the cervical vertebrae, and helps to support the head. Called also paxywaxy and packwax.

    May 4, 2008