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Astragalus

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Astragalus \As*trag"a*lus\, noun [L. See {Astragal}.]

1. (Anat.) The ankle bone, or hock bone; the bone of the tarsus which articulates with the tibia at the ankle.

2. (Bot.) A genus of papilionaceous plants, of the tribe {Galege[ae]}, containing numerous species, two of which are called, in English, {milk vetch} and {licorice vetch}. {Gum tragacanth} is obtained from different oriental species, particularly the {Astragalus gummifer} and {Astragalus verus}.

3. (Arch.) See {Astragal}, 1.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Astragalus

noun

1: large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae [syn: {Astragalus}, {genus Astragalus}]

2: the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint [syn: {anklebone}, {astragal}, {astragalus}, {talus}]


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