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tragus (TRAY-guhs) noun, plural tragi (-gi, -ji)

1. The projection of little flap in front of the ear.

2. Any of the hairs growing at the entrance of the ear.

[New Latin, from Greek tragos, goat, hairy part of the ear.]

"In the ear alone there are ten places that can be pierced - from the tragus (the hard cartilage where your ear meets the side of your face) to the most common, the lobe." Fiona McClymont, The map: Marked for life, Independent, 24 Apr 1999.

This week's theme: words for everyday things and anatomical features.

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