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For Old English faxvax (hair) (akin to Old High German fahs) + weaxan (to grow). See wax (to grow), and compare faxed, pectinate.


paxwax (plural not attested)

  1. (anatomy) A strong ligament of the back of the neck in quadrupeds, connecting the back of the skull with dorsal spines of the cervical vertebrae; the nuchal ligament.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for paxwax in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)