Definition of pygal in English:

pygal

adjective

Zoology
  • 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.

noun

Zoology
  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From ancient Greek πυγή rump + -al.

Pronunciation

pygal

/ˈpʌɪɡl/