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pollex (plural pollices)
- The thumb; the first, or preaxial, digit of the forelimb, corresponding to the hallux in the hind limb. In birds, the pollex is the joint which bears the alula or bastard wing.
- a unit of distance, equivalent to approximately 24.6 mm; one uncia (see also: Ancient Roman units of measurement)