[os-ee-an-ik, osh-ee-] /ˌɒs iˈæn ɪk, ˌɒʃ i-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Ossian, the poetry attributed to him, or the rhythmic prose published by James Macpherson in 1762–63, purporting to be a translation from the Scots Gaelic.
of, relating to, or reminiscent of Ossian, a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century a.d
1808, in reference to Oisin, name of a legendary Gaelic bard, literally “little fawn;” James Macpherson claimed to have collected and translated his works (1760-1763) under the name Ossian, and the poetic prose sparked a Celtic revival and fascination with the glamor of the lost world of the bards. The work turned out to be Macpherson’s forgery, and the style later was regarded as bombastic, but the resulting swerve in European literature was real.
[os-i-kuh l] /ˈɒs ɪ kəl/ noun 1. a small bone. /ˈɒsɪkəl/ noun 1. a small bone, esp one of those in the middle ear n. 1570s, from Latin ossiculum, diminutive of os “bone” (see osseous). ossicle os·si·cle (ŏs’ĭ-kəl) n. A small bone, especially one of the three bones of the middle ear that are articulated […]
ossiculectomy os·sic·u·lec·to·my (ŏ-sĭk’yə-lěk’tə-mē) n. Surgical removal of the ossicles of the middle ear.
ossiculotomy os·si·cu·lot·o·my (ŏ-sĭk’yə-lŏt’ə-mē) n. Surgical division of an ossicle of the middle ear or of a fibrous band causing ankylosis between two ossicles.
ossiculum os·sic·u·lum (ŏ-sĭk’yə-ləm) n. pl. os·sic·u·la (-lə) A small bone; an ossicle.