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hallux (HAL-uhks) noun, plural halluces (HAL-yuh-seez)

Big toe. More generally, the innermost digit on the hind foot of animals. It is usually backward-directed in birds.

[From Late Latin hallux, from Latin hallus, similar to pollex, thumb.]

"Where in the human body would you find the hallux?" Roger Perkins, The Quiz, The Daily Telegraph (UK), Dec 27, 1997.

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