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 grotesquerie
Pronunciation: grōˈteskərē
noun
grotesque quality or grotesque things collectively