There are 2 definitions of talus in English:

talus1

Syllabification: ta·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈtāləs
 
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noun (plural tali /ˈtālī/)

Anatomy
The large bone in the ankle that articulates with the tibia of the leg and the calcaneum and navicular bone of the foot. Also called astragalus.
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  • The ankle joint is formed by the articulation of the talus with the tibia and fibula.
  • In this series of operations, we used suture anchor devices to fix the free ends of the split patellar tendon to the talus and the calcaneus.
  • Because of the bony articulation between the medial malleolus and the talus, medial ankle sprains are less common than lateral sprains.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin, literally 'ankle, heel'.

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There are 2 definitions of talus in English:

talus2

Syllabification: ta·lus
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈtāləs/

noun (plural taluses)

1A sloping mass of rock fragments at the foot of a cliff.
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  • Along these exposed fault scarps, 500 m or more high, not only can the nature of oceanic crust be examined, but complex patterns of fault breccias, talus, and lavas can be discerned.
  • These wrens breed in rocky habitats, such as canyons, coulees, outcroppings, and talus slopes in the steppe and dry forests.
  • Protection of algific talus slopes may help prevent the need for threatened or endangered status for these other snails and plants like the golden saxifrage.
1.1The sloping side of an earthwork, or of a wall that tapers to the top.
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  • The talus is an architectural feature of some late medieval castles, especially prevalent in crusader constructions.
  • Large taluses were added to the southwest and east sides to strengthen the outer wall and to make it earthquake resistant.
  • Soil loss and runoff were evaluated over a 2-year period (2001-2002) on the taluses of terraces, in this zone of intense subtropical orchard cultivation.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, of unknown origin.

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Word of the day hypnopompic
Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
adjective
relating to the state immediately preceding waking up