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ta·lus 1

n. pl. ta·li (-lī′)
1. The bone of the ankle that articulates with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint. Also called anklebone, astragalus.
2. The ankle.

[Latin tālus, ankle.]

ta·lus 2

n. pl. ta·lus·es
A sloping mass of rock debris at the base of a cliff.

[French talus, from Old French talu, sloping side of an earthwork, from Latin talūtium, gold-bearing outcrop, perhaps of Celtic origin.]


n, pl -li (-laɪ)
(Anatomy) the bone of the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint. Nontechnical name: anklebone
[C18: from Latin: ankle]


n, pl -luses
1. (Geological Science) geology another name for scree
2. (Fortifications) fortifications the sloping side of a wall
[C17: from French, from Latin talūtium slope, perhaps of Iberian origin]


(ˈteɪ ləs)

n., pl. -li (-lī).
the uppermost bone of the proximal row of bones of the tarsus; anklebone.
[1685–95; < Latin tālus ankle]


(ˈteɪ ləs, ˈtæl əs)

n., pl. -lus•es.
1. a slope.
2. a sloping mass of rocky fragments at the base of a cliff.
[1635–45; < French: pseudo-learned alter. of Old French talu slope < Latin talūtium gold-bearing slope or talus]

ta·lus 1

The bone that forms a joint with the tibia and fibula, making up the main bone of the ankle. See more at skeleton.

talus 2

A sloping mass of rock fragments at the base of a cliff.


1. (scree) Loose rock fragments fallen from a cliff.
2. A mass of rock debris forming a slope at the bottom of a cliff.
3. An ankle bone: part of the tarsus.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.talus - a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a clifftalus - a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
geological formation, formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
2.talus - the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle jointtalus - the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
ankle, ankle joint, articulatio talocruralis, mortise joint - a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus


n. talón, astrágalo, tubillo.


n astrágalo
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Some say, indeed, that this Talus was hammered out for King Minos by Vulcan himself, the skilfullest of all workers in metal.
Talus, the brazen giant, on his never-ceasing sentinel's march, happened to be approaching that part of the coast; and they saw him, by the glimmering of the moonbeams on his polished surface, while he was yet a great way off.
This talus, although appearing narrow, must be nearly ten miles wide before it blends into the apparently dead level Pampas.
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The talar component sits in the talus bone, allowing the foot to flex up and down.
In the Eastern Talus area, there are yellow birch 150 to 383 years old and red oak 110 to 230 years old; in the Southern Talus area, there are red oak up to 270 years old and beech, sugar maple and yellow birch up to 225 years old, he said.
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The valley is an alpine meadow interspersed with talus slopes.
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Afterwards, when the talus had formed, other types of mass movements were added (landslide, talus creep, etc.).