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Dec 20, 2011
This week's theme
Words to describe various bodily configurations

This week's words
callipygous
prognathous
mammose
platyrrhine
lissotrichous

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prognathous

PRONUNCIATION:
(PROG-nuh-thuhs, prog-NAY-thuhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Protruding outwards.
2. Having a jaw that protrudes outwards.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pro- (before) + gnathos (jaw). Ultimately from the Indo-European root genu- (jawbone, chin), which is also the source of chin and Sanskrit hanu (jaw). Hanuman (literally, having a large jaw) is the name of a monkey god in the Hindu pantheon. Earliest documented use: 1836.

USAGE:
"Nature had given Smith an enormous prognathous jaw. It was wide and heavy, and protruded outward and down until it seemed to rest on his chest."
Jack London; White Fang; Macmillan; 1906.

See more usage examples of prognathous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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