One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Anatomyanother term for phalanx (sense 2)
- ‘Radiographs of the fingertips of rock climbers, for example, show unusual bony spurs and thickened phalanges.’
- ‘The goal is to give anyone with the inkling a chance to pick up a pen or pencil (or crayon) and dip a phalange into a comic collaboration.’
- ‘See, the fracture occurred in the lower phalange of my left ring finger - a sliver of bone snapped off from the knuckle where the tendons connect.’
- ‘After the Sayee is over at Marwah you have to get a hair cut or a head shave; women have to have only their hair cut from at least three place the length of one phalange of her finger, approximately 1 or 1.5 inches.’
2A right-wing Maronite party in Lebanon founded in 1936 by Pierre Gemayel.
Mid 19th century: back-formation from phalanges, plural of phalanx. phalange (sense 2) is a shortening of French Phalanges Libanaises ‘Lebanese phalanxes’.
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