ossicone


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os·si·cone

 (ŏs′ə-kōn′)
n.
One of a pair of bony protuberances, covered in skin and hair, on the head of a giraffe or okapi.

[Latin os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots + cōnus, cone, apex of a helmet; see cone.]
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Sisyphus's new tail is a furry nub that looks like a giraffe's singular ossicone. Josh won't come over while Sisyphus heals because we don't want to excite him.
These growths on their heads, which we call ossicones, took many forms.
There are other theories as to the function of ossicones, including heat dissipation, social display and scent dispersal.
Where are the ossicones situated on the body of a giraffe?
"The horns on giraffes are actually called ossicones," the zoo wrote.
They are "ossicones," which are hardened cartilage covered in skin and fur.
Two pairs of ossicones are present, one pair projects from the anterior extremities of the frontal bone and the other pair is situated on the fronto-parietal region.
Two pairs of ossicones are present one projects from anterior extremities of the frontal bone and other pair is situated on the fronto-parietal region.
The giraffe's ossicones or "horns" were covered in fun fur to simulate a real giraffe.
Helping them are their unusually thick skulls and horn-like growths called ossicones on the tops of their heads.