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Joint

/joint/ Noun, pl. joints 1. The location at which two or more bones connect. They are constructed to allow movement (except for skull bones) and provide mechanical support, and are classified structurally and functionally. (wikipedia.org) 2. A point of articulation between two or more bones, especially such a connection that allows motion. (thefreedictionary.com) 3. A point in the exoskeleton of an invertebrate at which movable parts join, as along the leg of an arthropod. (thefreedictionary.com) 4. (Botany) An articulation on a fruit or stem, such as the node of a grass stem. (thefreedictionary.com) 5. (Geology) A fracture or crack in a rock mass along which no appreciable movement has occurred. (thefreedictionary.com) Word origin: From Old French joint “joint of the body” (12c.), from Latin iunctus “united, connected, associated,” past participle of iungere...

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Jowl

/joul/ Noun, pl. jowls 1. The lower jawbone in vertebrates; it is hinged to open the mouth. (biology-online.org) 2. The cheek of a pig used as meat (Google Dictionary); the cheek; especially the cheek meat of a hog. (wiktionary.org) 3. The loose fleshy part of the neck of certain animals, such as the dewlap of cattle or the wattle of birds. (Google Dictionary) 4. The jaw, jawbone; especially one of the lateral parts of the mandible. (wiktionary.org) 5. A fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging). (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) Word origin: Alteration of Middle English cholle “fold of flesh hanging from the jaw” (c.1300), perhaps from Old English ceole “throat,” from PIE *gwele- “to swallow”. This word and jowl influenced one another in form and...

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