One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly Zoology. A projection on a cell, part, or organism that is shaped like the prow of a ship.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin prōra prow of a ship, ship, in post-classical Latin also anterior part (of the head, skull, or brain) from ancient Greek πρῷρα forepart of a ship, prow, perhaps representing a feminine form corresponding to ancient Greek πρών foreland, headland, if this is from an ablaut variant (zero-grade) of the Indo-European base of ancient Greek προ-.
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