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EtymologyEdit

From Late Middle English dorsal/dorsale, borrowing from Medieval Latin dorsālis (of or relating to the back), from dorsum (the back) +‎ -ālis (-al, adjectival suffix); equivalent to dorsum +‎ -al.

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dorsal (comparative more dorsal, superlative most dorsal)

  1. (anatomy, zootomy) With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located, or the analogous side of an invertebrate.
    1. (anatomy) Relating to the top surface of the foot or hand.
    2. (linguistics, of a sound) Produced using the dorsum of the tongue.
      Coordinate terms: coronal, labial, laryngeal, radical
  2. (of a knife) Having only one sharp side.
  3. (botany) Relating to the surface naturally inferior, as of a leaf.
  4. (botany) Relating to the surface naturally superior, as of a creeping hepatic moss.

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NounEdit

 
Dorsal at the Church of England parish church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire.

dorsal (plural dorsals)

  1. (art) A hanging, usually of rich stuff, at the back of a throne, altar, etc.
  2. (zootomy, in snakes) Any of the longitudinal series of plates that encircle the body, excluding the ventral scales.
  3. (linguistics) A sound produced using the dorsum of the tongue.

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EtymologyEdit

From dors +‎ -al.

AdjectiveEdit

dorsal (masculine and feminine plural dorsals)

  1. rear
  2. (anatomy, linguistics) dorsal

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dorsal m (plural dorsals)

  1. backplate (of a cuirass)
  2. (zoology) shell, elytron
  3. (sports) number

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dorsal f (plural dorsals)

  1. (meteorology) ridge
    Antonym: tàlveg
  2. (geomorphology) ridge (on the ocean floor)

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FrenchEdit

 
French Wikipedia has an article on:
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EtymologyEdit

From Old French, from Latin dorsum with adjective-forming suffix -al.

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  • IPA(key): /dɔʁ.sal/
  • (file)

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dorsal (feminine dorsale, masculine plural dorsaux, feminine plural dorsales)

  1. dorsal

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  • Dutch: dorsaal

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dorsal (strong nominative masculine singular dorsaler, not comparable)

  1. dorsal

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AdjectiveEdit

dorsal (not comparable)

  1. dorsal

PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

 

  • Hyphenation: dor‧sal
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw

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dorsal m or f (plural dorsais, not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) dorsal (of the back)
  2. (anatomy) dorsal (of the top surface of a hand or foot)

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dorsal f (plural dorsais)

  1. (geology) ridge
    Synonym: dorsal oceânica
  2. (linguistics) dorsal

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French dorsal.

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dorsal m or n (feminine singular dorsală, masculine plural dorsali, feminine and neuter plural dorsale)

  1. dorsal

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin dorsālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /doɾˈsal/, [d̪oɾˈsal]
  • Rhymes: -al

AdjectiveEdit

dorsal (plural dorsales)

  1. (anatomy) dorsal

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NounEdit

dorsal m (plural dorsales)

  1. ridge

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