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 (mā′nəs, mä′-)
n. pl. manus
The distal part of the forelimb of a vertebrate, including the wrist and hand or the carpus and forefoot.

[Latin, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -nus
1. (Anatomy) anatomy the wrist and hand
2. (Zoology) the corresponding part in other vertebrates
3. (Historical Terms) Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife
4. (Law) Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife
5. (Historical Terms) English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath
6. (Law) English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath
[C19: Latin: hand]
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(ˈmeɪ nəs)

n., pl. -nus.
the distal part of the vertebrate forelimb, including the carpus and the hand or forefoot.
[1820–30; < New Latin, Latin: hand]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.manus - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limbmanus - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
human, human being, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
arteria digitalis, digital arteries - arteries in the hand and foot that supply the fingers and toes
arteria metacarpea, metacarpal artery - dorsal and palmar arteries of the hand
intercapitular vein, vena intercapitalis - veins connecting the dorsal and palmar veins of the hand or the dorsal and plantar veins of the foot
metacarpal vein, vena metacarpus - dorsal and palmar veins of the hand
arm - a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb
clenched fist, fist - a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)
hooks, maulers, meat hooks - large strong hand (as of a fighter); "wait till I get my hooks on him"
right hand, right - the hand that is on the right side of the body; "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him with quick rights to the body"
left hand, left - the hand that is on the left side of the body; "jab with your left"
palm, thenar - the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
finger - any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb); "her fingers were long and thin"
extremity - that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
ball - a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; "the ball at the base of the thumb"; "he stood on the balls of his feet"
metacarpus - the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges
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References in classic literature ?
These root words were so similar to those in use among the great anthropoids as to suggest that the language of the Manus was the mother tongue.
And so, finding Manu only amusing as an occasional playfellow or pet, Meriem poured out her sweetest soul thoughts into the deaf ears of Geeka's ivory head.
Et conversus Deus, ut aspiceret opera quae fecerunt manus suae, vidit quod omnia essent bona nimis; and then the sabbath.
These first books we call Manuscripts, from the Latin words manus, a hand, and scribere, to write, for they were all written by hand.
This is the reason why Monsieur the Principal has proposed to me the following subject, which has not yet been treated upon, and in which I perceive there is matter for magnificent elaboration-'UTRAQUE MANUS IN BENEDICENDO CLERICIS INFERIORIBUS NECESSARIA EST.'"
IMPONITE MANUS, and not MANUM-place the HANDS, not the HAND."
Know ye what it is, manus imponere in servos Domini?
"In manus tuas, Domine!"he said, crossing himself as he passed over the threshold.
Little Manu, the monkey, scolding and chattering in the upper terraces of the forest, saw him pass.
The natives followed him to where a great tree overhung the palisade, and as Tarzan leaped for a lower branch and disappeared into the foliage above, precisely after the manner of Manu, the monkey, there were loud exclamations of surprise and astonishment.
Manu, the monkey, chattered and scolded as Tarzan passed, and though he was not afraid of the familiar figure of the ape-boy, he hugged closer to him the little brown body of his life's companion.
Twice more he saw him hurl his arrows of destruction--once at Dango, the hyena, and again at Manu, the monkey.