\plˈɛksa͡ɪmˌiːtə], \plˈɛksaɪmˌiːtə], \p_l_ˈɛ_k_s_aɪ_m_ˌiː_t_ə]\
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By William R. Warner
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
An ivory plate of a circular or ovoid shape, from an inch and a half to two inches in diameter, and about one-sixth of an inch in thickness. It has either a raised rim or edge, or projecting handles on its upper side, to permit its being held between the finger and thumb of the left hand, whilst it is struck with the right. It is used in percussion of the chest. A piece of metal, a coin, or the finger of the left hand may be used with equal advantage.- See Percussion, mediate.
By Robley Dunglison
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- Prof. Huxley's classification a sub-order Carinatae (birds having sternum with keel), including but one family, Tinamidae tinamous. In this suborder the bones of upper jaw or skull are like what they struthious swift-footed birds, as ostrich.