1. the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus and the leg
; in human beings the bones of the ankle and heel collectively
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5 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tarsus \Tar"sus\, n.; pl. Tarsi. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the flat of
the foot, the edge of the eyelid. Cf. 2d Tarse.]
(a) The ankle; the bones or cartilages of the part of the
foot between the metatarsus and the leg, consisting in
man of seven short bones.
(b) A plate of dense connective tissue or cartilage in the
eyelid of man and many animals; -- called also tarsal
cartilage, and tarsal plate.
2. (Zool.) The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It usually
consists of form two to five joints.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the part of the foot of a vertebrate between the metatarsus
and the leg; in human beings the bones of the ankle and
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "tarsus":
ankle, bayonet legs, bowlegs, calf, cnemis, drumstick, foreleg,
gamb, gambrel, gigot, ham, hind leg, hock, jamb, knee, leg, limb,
podite, popliteal space, scissor-legs, shank, shin, stems, stumps,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
the chief city of Cilicia. It was distinguished for its wealth
and for its schools of learning, in which it rivalled, nay,
excelled even Athens and Alexandria, and hence was spoken of as
"no mean city." It was the native place of the Apostle Paul
(Acts 21:39). It stood on the banks of the river Cydnus, about
12 miles north of the Mediterranean. It is said to have been
founded by Sardanapalus, king of Assyria. It is now a filthy,
ruinous Turkish town, called Tersous. (See PAUL.)
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's):
Tarsus, winged; feathered