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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
References in classic literature ?
Some say, indeed, that this Talus was hammered out for King Minos by Vulcan himself, the skilfullest of all workers in metal.
Nevertheless, straddling from headland to headland, as his custom was, Talus attempted to strike a blow at the vessel, and, overreaching himself, tumbled at full length into the sea, which splashed high over his gigantic shape, as when an iceberg turns a somerset.
This talus, although appearing narrow, must be nearly ten miles wide before it blends into the apparently dead level Pampas.
Populations became restricted to algific talus slopes when this climatic regime disappeared following the retreat of glacial ice from the continental interior (Frest 1981).
Each time a pika leaves the safety of the talus to forage on the meadow, it makes the decision whether to graze or to hay.
Argonauts, charmed the nail out by her magic, and Talus bled to death.
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With both arms and elbows locked (this will prevent RSI in the operator), the operator is able to move the navicular in a circumductory movement around the fixed talus by the operator using their body weight to initiate motion, bending their knee where necessary, thus insuring correct posture.
Fabricious of Hilden in 1608 described the mechanism of injury of talus with its complications and treatment.
The combination of a bimalleolar ankle and talus fracture is very rare with only two reports in the published literature.
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The lateral process of the talus is a large, wedge-shaped osseous projection that extends laterally from the body of the talus.