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jugular

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Etymology

From Late Latin jugulāris from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] iugulum (neck, throat) from iugum (yoke), from Proto-Indo-European *yugóm.

Pronunciation

Adjective

jugular (not comparable)

Positive
jugular

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Relating to, or located near, the neck or throat.
  2. Of or pertaining to fish with ventral fins attached under the throat.

Translations

Noun

Singular
jugular

Plural
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jugular ({{{1}}})
  1. Vein through the neck (or thorax) that returns blood from the head back towards the heart. Properly this is called the jugular vein.
  2. By extension, any critical vulnerability.
    It was vicious; he went for the jugular.

Usage notes

The plural form jugulars is almost never used.

Quotations

  • One of Lionel's old Salthill friends with whom he exchanged perhaps a dozen words a year, and with whom he sometimes played squash, and tennis, both men killers on the court, seeking the jugular [...]. - "Middle Age : A Romance" (2001) by Joyce Carol Oates (Fourth Estate, paperback edition, 83)

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