a projection of the thyroid cartilage at the front of the neck that is more prominent in men than in women.
the visible projection of the thyroid cartilage of the larynx at the front of the neck
1755, perhaps an inexact translation of Hebrew tappuah haadam, literally “man’s swelling,” from ha-adam “the man” + tappuah “anything swollen.” The reference is to the legend that a piece of the forbidden fruit (commonly believed to be an apple) that Eve gave Adam stuck in his throat. The term is mentioned in early 15c. as the name of some actual oriental fruit.
Adam’s apple Ad·am’s apple (ād’əmz)
The slight projection at the front of the throat formed by the largest cartilage of the larynx, usually more prominent in men than in women. Also called laryngeal prominence.
- Adam bede
a novel (1859) by George Eliot. Historical Examples George Eliot, somewhere in Adam Bede, has a mot: when a donkey sets out to sing, everybody knows beforehand what the tune will be. The English Novel Sidney Lanier My chief complaint with Adam Bede himself is that he is too good. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, […]
- Adam’s bridge
an island chain in the Gulf of Mannar between NW Sri Lanka and SE India; ownership divided between Sri Lanka and India. 30 miles (48 km) long.
- Adam’s cup
- Adam de la halle
c1240–87, French troubadour: composer. Historical Examples Besides Rutebœuf the most characteristic figure of his class and time (about the middle of the 13th century) is Adam de la Halle. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2 Various He was a good natural melodist, as the examples in Coussemaker’s “Adam de la Halle” show. A […]