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Of or relating to the rump or posterior part of an animal; specifically designating a posterior median bone or plate in the carapace of a turtle or tortoise.
A posterior median bone or plate (or each of a pair or series) in the carapace of a turtle or tortoise. Also: (in some reptiles) each of a number of vertebrae posterior to the sacrum but distinct from those nearer the end of the tail.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From ancient Greek πυγή rump + -al.
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