dorsum (plural dorsa)
- (anatomy) The back or dorsal region on an animal.
- (geology) A ridge on a hill, or on the surface of a planet or moon.
- (astronomy) Theta Capricorni, a star on the back of the Goat
- The back of the tongue, used for articulating dorsal consonants.
- The top of the foot or the back of the hand.
- (back of an animal): back
back of the tongue
- German: Züngenrücken, Dorsum linguae (in anatomy), Dorsum (de) (in linguistics; in anatomy this means 'back')
- dorsum in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
From Proto-Italic, with no known cognates in any other Indo-European languages. Has been linked to deorsum, but their contemporaneous use suggests that one was not a phonetic development of the other.
dorsum n (genitive dorsī); second declension
- (anatomy) back, part of the body between the neck and buttocks
- (figuratively) ridge, summit
↑ Ramat, The Indo-European Languages