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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fib-yuh-luh]
    • /ˈfɪb yə lə/
    • /ˈfɪb.jʊ.lə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fib-yuh-luh]
    • /ˈfɪb yə lə/

Definitions of fibula word

  • noun plural fibula Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle. 1
  • noun plural fibula Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal. 1
  • noun plural fibula a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. 1
  • noun fibula The outer and usually smaller of the two bones between the knee and the ankle in humans (or the equivalent joints in other terrestrial vertebrates), parallel with the tibia. 1
  • countable noun fibula Your fibula is the outer bone of the two bones in the lower part of your leg. 0
  • noun fibula the outer and thinner of the two bones between the knee and ankle of the human leg 0

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Origin of fibula

First appearance:

before 1665
One of the 47% oldest English words
1665-75; < New Latin; Latin fībula bolt, pin, clasp, probably < *fīvibula, equivalent to fīv(ere), early form of fīgere to fasten, fix + -i- -i- + -bula suffix denoting instrument; the bone so called from its resemblance to the tongue of a clasp

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Parts of speech for Fibula


fibula popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 81% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fibula usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fibula

noun fibula

  • clamp — A clamp is a device that holds two things firmly together.
  • clip — A clip is a small device, usually made of metal or plastic, that is specially shaped for holding things together.
  • catch — If you catch a person or animal, you capture them after chasing them, or by using a trap, net, or other device.
  • harness — the combination of straps, bands, and other parts forming the working gear of a draft animal. Compare yoke1 (def 1).
  • fastening — something that fastens, as a lock or clasp.

Antonyms for fibula

noun fibula

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