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[nee-kap] /ˈniˌkæp/

the patella.
a protective covering, usually knitted, for the .
verb (used with object), kneecapped, kneecapping.
to cripple (a person) by shooting in the :
Terrorists were kneecapping prospective jurors.
(anatomy) a nontechnical name for patella
another word for poleyn
verb (transitive) -caps, -capping, -capped
(esp of certain terrorist groups) to shoot (a person) in the kneecap, esp as an act of retaliation

1650s, “a covering or protection for the knee,” from knee (n.) + cap (n.). Meaning “bone in front of the knee joint” is from 1869; the verb in the underworld sense of “to shoot (someone) in the knee” as punishment is attested by 1975. Related: Kneecapped.

kneecap knee·cap (nē’kāp’)
See patella.
See patella.



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