One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bone or cartilage in certain fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and birds, situated anterior to and sometimes fused with the coracoid bone of the pectoral girdle.
Situated anterior to the coracoid bone; specifically designating the bone or cartilage forming the precoracoid.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William K. Parker (1823–1890), comparative anatomist and zoologist. From pre- + coracoid.
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