Dictionary > Skull

Skull

skull
A school, company, or shoal. A knavish skull of boys and girls did pelt at him. These fishes enter in great flotes and skulls. (Holland)
See: school a multitude.
1. (Science: anatomy) The skeleton of the head of a vertebrate animal, including the brain case, or cranium, and the bones and cartilages of the face and mouth.
In many fishes the skull is almost wholly cartilaginous but in the higher vertebrates it is more or less completely ossified, several bones are developed in the face, and the cranium is made up, wholly or partially, of bony plates arranged in three segments, the frontal, parietal, and occipital, and usually closely united in the adult.
2. The head or brain; the seat of intelligence; mind. Skulls that can not teach, and will not learn. (Cowper)
3. A covering for the head; a skullcap. Let me put on my skull first. (Beau & Fl)
4. A sort of oar. See scull. Skull and crossbones, a symbol of death. See Crossbones.
Origin: OE. Skulle, sculle, scolle; akin to Scot. Skull, skoll, a bowl, Sw. Skalle skull, skal a shell, and E. Scale; cf. G. Hirnschale, Dan. Hierneskal. Cf. Scale of a balance.
The bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates.Otherwise known as the cranium, the skull is a bone protecting the brain in vertebrates.


You will also like...

Angle Oak Tree
Seed Plants

Seed plants are vascular plants. They differ from the other vascular plants in producing seeds that germinate into a new..

human respiratory system
Respiration

The human respiratory system is an efficient system of inspiring and expiring respiratory gases. This tutorial provides ..

DNA carries genes coding for proteins
Genetic Information and Protein Synthesis

Genes are expressed through the process of protein synthesis. This elaborate tutorial provides an in-depth review of the..

Cell Respiration
Cell Respiration

Cell respiration is the process of creating ATP. It is "respiration" because it utilizes oxygen. Know the different stag..

Transpiration
Water in Plants

The movement of molecules (specifically, water and solutes) is vital to the understanding of plant processes. This tuto..

Lotic community of algal species
Lotic Communities & Algae

Lotic communities have conditions that are rather harsh for typical plants. Thus, the diversity of plant species in loti..