One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The terminal segment of a forelimb, corresponding to the hand and wrist in humans.
fist, palmView synonyms
- ‘The fully flexed pollex in an articulated manus of Shuvuuia is in a position similar to full flexion in Mononykus.’
- ‘Caudipteryx has short forelimbs and a feathered manus and is likely to have been a secondarily flightless bird.’
- ‘As in certain extant lepidosaurians, the fourth digit of the manus and pes is significantly more elongate than the others, a condition suggestive of rotation of podal elements to allow enhanced lateral pushoff.’
- ‘The enlarged medial ‘epicondyle’ of Apatosaurus may be tied with the flexors of its robust manus and pollex claw.’
- ‘In lepidosaurs, crocodilians, and birds the medial border or epicondyle of the humerus is the origin for the major flexors of the manus and carpus.’
Early 19th century: from Latin, ‘hand’.
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