noun, plural a·nus·es. Anatomy.
- the opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal, through which the solid refuse of digestion is excreted.
- a twining herb, Tropaeolum tuberosum, of the nasturtium family, found in the Andes, having edible tubers and large flowers with yellow petals and red spurs.
- the tuber of this plant.
- the Akkadian god of heaven.
- a suffix occurring in scientific words of Latin origin: Platanus.
- the excretory opening at the end of the alimentary canalRelated adjective: anal
- Babylonian myth the sky god
- Australian National University
“inferior opening of the alimentary canal,” 1650s, from Old French anus, from Latin anus “ring, anus,” from PIE root *ano- “ring.” So called for its shape; cf. Greek daktylios “anus,” literally “ring (for the finger),” from daktylos “finger.”
n. pl. a•nus•es
- The opening at the lower end of the alimentary canal through which solid waste is eliminated from the body.anal orifice fundament
- The opening at the lower end of the digestive tract through which solid waste is excreted.
The opening through whichpass out of the body.