pollex (plural pollices)

  1. 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.
    • 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita:
      We came to know the curious roadside species, Hitchhiking Man, Homo pollex of science, with all its many sub-species and forms.

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