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oxter (OK-stuhr) noun

The armpit.

[From Old English oxta. The Latin form is axilla. Both allude to the idea of the axis around which the arm rotates.]

"I got lumbered in the three-legged race with a guy so much shorter than me that he barely came up to my armpit. It would have been easier for me to have tucked him under my oxter and just carried him to the finish." Charles Jennings, Running Joke: Forget the Pupils, Sports Day is Hell for Parents, The Guardian (London), Jul 3, 2001.

This week's theme: terms related to the body.


Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste they hurry past it. -Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher (1813-1855)

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