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

Definitions of fibulae word

  • noun plural fibulae Anatomy. the outer and thinner of the two bones of the human leg, extending from the knee to the ankle. 1
  • noun plural fibulae Zoology. a corresponding bone, often rudimentary or ankylosed with the tibia, of the leg or hind limb of an animal. 1
  • noun plural fibulae a clasp or brooch, often ornamented, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. 1
  • noun fibulae Plural form of fibula. 1

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Origin of fibulae

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 Fibulae


fibulae 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.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fibulae usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fibulae

noun fibulae

  • 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 fibulae

noun fibulae

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