Definition of astragalus in English:
noun (plural astragali /-lʌɪ/)
1chiefly Zoology another term for talus1 (ankle bone).
- Most of what I found were unidentifiable broken sections of long bones, but I did find a bird femur (thigh bone) and a nice rodent astragalus (ankle bone).
- Next to the pelvic bone was a much smaller bone, an astragalus (ankle bone), also of an elephant.
- In the hind limb of these species, the bones of the ankle are also reduced in number, and the astragalus becomes the main weight-bearing bone.
1.1 (astragali) historical Small bones used as dice.
- The astragalus, a precursor to the die made from the knuckle bone of animals, was found in archeological sites of early peoples.
- Worked astragali from the deposit may indicate that gaming or fortune-telling took place.
- These astragali have four clearly defined surfaces and were probably the antecedents of the ordinary six-faced cube or die, specimens of which are datable as far back as 3000 B.C.
2A plant of a genus that includes milk vetch.
- Genus Astragalus, family Leguminosae
- For centuries, the Chinese have used astragalus, or milk vetch root, to treat ailments by strengthening the body's natural defenses.
- I'd also like to take antioxidant vitamins and the herbs astragalus and milk thistle to help prevent a recurrence, but my doctors disagree.
- Nutritional supplements like echinacea, goldenseal, elderberry and astragalus have long been recognized in folk medicine as cold and flu remedies.
Definition of astragalus in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Spain
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in India
Most popular in Pakistan