Definition of tragus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtreɪɡəs/

noun (plural tragi /ˈtreɪɡʌɪ/ /ˈtreɪdʒʌɪ/)

Anatomy & Zoology
A prominence on the inner side of the external ear, in front of and partly closing the passage to the organs of hearing.
Example sentences
  • They are often united by a band of skin across the forehead, and a tragus is present (a fleshy lobe that protrudes from the ear).
  • The crown of the skull is inflated, and they have large, well-separated ears with a small tragus.
  • Absorption may also be facilitated by manipulating the tragus to help distribute the drops throughout the external auditory canal.


Late 17th century: from late Latin, via Latin from Greek tragos 'goat' (with reference to the characteristic tuft of hair that is often present, likened to a goat's beard).

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