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{adj: audible, hearable} heard or perceptible by the ear
"he spoke in an audible whisper"
<-> inaudible

{adj: aural} of or pertaining to hearing or the ear
"an animal with a very sensitive aural apparatus"

{adj: auriform, ear-shaped, ear-like} having a shape resembling an ear

{adj: binaural, biaural} relating to or having or hearing with two ears
"binaural hearing"
<-> monaural

{adj: blaring, blasting} unpleasantly loud and penetrating
"the blaring noise of trumpets"
"shut our ears against the blasting music from his car radio"

{adj: chunky, dumpy, low-set, squat, squatty, stumpy} short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature
"some people seem born to be square and chunky"
"a dumpy little dumpling of a woman"
"dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears"
"a little church with a squat tower"
"a squatty red smokestack"
"a stumpy ungainly figure"

{adj: cochlear} of or relating to the cochlea of the ear
"cochlear implant"

{adj: demotic} of or for the common people
"demotic entertainments"
"demotic speech"
"a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms"

{adj: dog-eared, eared} worn or shabby from overuse or (of pages) from having corners turned down
"a somewhat dog-eared duke...a bit run down"-Clifton Fadiman
"an old book with dog-eared pages"

{adj: dulcet, honeyed, mellifluous, mellisonant, sweet} pleasing to the ear
"the dulcet tones of the cello"

{adj: eared} having ears (or appendages resembling ears) or having ears of a specified kind; often used in combination
<-> earless

{adj: earless} lacking external ears
"earless seals"
<-> eared

{adj: favorable, favourable} encouraging or approving or pleasing
"a favorable reply"
"he received a favorable rating"
"listened with a favorable ear"
"made a favorable impression"
<-> unfavorable

{adj: floppy} hanging limply
"a spaniel with floppy ears"

{adj: heaped, heaped-up, piled, cumulous} thrown together in a pile
"a desk heaped with books"
"heaped-up ears of corn"
"ungraded papers piled high"

{adj: inaudible, unhearable} impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear
"an inaudible conversation"
<-> audible

{adj: inner} inside or closer to the inside of the body
"the inner ear"

{adj: labyrinthine} relating to or affecting or originating in the inner ear
"labyrinthine deafness"

{adj: long-familiar, well-known} frequently experienced; known closely or intimately
"a long-familiar face"
"a well-known voice reached her ears"

{adj: lop-eared} having bent or drooping ears
"a lop-eared hound"

{adj: lowset, low-set} lower than average
"lowset ears"
"a stocky low-set animal"

{adj: monaural} relating to or having or hearing with only one ear
"monaural deafness"
<-> binaural

{adj: mouse-eared} having ears like a mouse's

{adj: naked} (of the eye or ear e.g.) without the aid of an optical or acoustical device or instrument
"visible to the naked eye"

{adj: one-eared} having a single ear

{adj: ossicular, ossiculate} pertaining to the ossicles in the middle ear

{adj: other} not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
"today isn't any other day"- the White Queen
"the construction of highways and other public works"
"he asked for other employment"
"any other person would tell the truth"
"his other books are still in storage"
"then we looked at the other house"
"hearing was good in his other ear"
"the other sex"
"she lived on the other side of the street from me"
"went in the other direction"
<-> same

{adj: otic, auricular} of or relating to near the ear

{adj: outer} being on or toward the outside of the body
"the outer ear"

{adj: philharmonic} devoted to or appreciative of music
"the most philharmonic ear is at times deeply affected by a simple air"

{adj: pierced, perforated, perforate, punctured} having a hole cut through
"pierced ears"
"a perforated eardrum"
"a punctured balloon"

{adj: sharp-eared, quick-eared} having keen hearing

{adj: short-eared} having short ears

{adj: small-eared} having small ears

{adj: two-eared} having two ears

{adj: unpierced} not pierced
"unpierced ears"

{adj: untufted} not adorned with tufts
"untufted ears"

{adv: aurally} with regard to sound or the ear
"the new musical was visually and aurally appealing"

{adv: binaurally, to both ears, in both ears} in a binaural manner
"the stimulus was presented binaurally"
<-> monaurally

{adv: gratingly, raspingly, harshly} in a harsh and grating manner
"her voice fell gratingly on our ears"

{adv: monaurally, to one ear, in one ear} in a monaural manner
"the stimuli were presented monaurally"
<-> binaurally

{n: African elephant, Loxodonta africana} an elephant native to Africa having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks

{n: Alpine mouse-ear, Arctic mouse-ear, Cerastium alpinum} widespread in Arctic and on mountains in Europe

{n: Arabidopsis thaliana, mouse-ear cress} a small invasive self-pollinating weed with small white flowers; much studied by plant geneticists; the first higher plant whose complete genome sequence was described

{n: Barany, Robert Barany} Austrian physician who developed a rotational method for testing the middle ear (1876-1936)

{n: Cardigan, Cardigan Welsh corgi} slightly bowlegged variety of corgi having rounded ears and a long tail

{n: Cerastium, genus Cerastium} mouse-eared chickweed

{n: Clydesdale terrier} selectively bred small Skye terrier with erect ears and a long silky coat

{n: Dandie Dinmont, Dandie Dinmont terrier} a breed of small terrier with long wiry coat and drooping ears

{n: ENT man, ear-nose-and-throat doctor, otolaryngologist, otorhinolaryngologist, rhinolaryngologist} a specialist in the disorders of the ear or nose or throat

{n: Eustachian tube, auditory tube} either of the paired tubes connecting the middle ears to the nasopharynx; equalizes air pressure on the two sides of the eardrum

{n: Eustachio, Bartolommeo Eustachio} Italian anatomist who was one of the fathers of modern anatomy; noted for descriptions of the ear and the heart (1520-1574)

{n: Indian elephant, Elephas maximus} Asian elephant having smaller ears and tusks primarily in the male

{n: Jew's-ear, Jew's-ears, ear fungus, Auricularia auricula} widely distributed edible fungus shaped like a human ear and growing on decaying wood

{n: Meniere's disease} a disease of the inner ear characterized by episodes of dizziness and tinnitus and progressive hearing loss (usually unilateral)

{n: Noonan's syndrome} syndrome seen only in males; marked by short stature and lowset ears and subnormal fertility

{n: Norfolk terrier} English breed of small terrier with a straight wiry grizzled coat and dropped ears

{n: Norwich terrier} English breed of small short-legged terrier with a straight wiry red or grey or black-and-tan coat and erect ears

{n: Otariidae, family Otariidae} eared seals: sea lions and fur seals

{n: Pan, goat god} (Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus

{n: Pembroke, Pembroke Welsh corgi} the smaller and straight-legged variety of corgi having pointed ears and a short tail

{n: Ramsay Hunt syndrome} syndrome resulting from infection by the herpes varicella zoster virus; characterized by vertigo and pain in the ears and facial nerve paralysis and sometimes hearing loss

{n: Scotch terrier, Scottish terrier, Scottie} old Scottish breed of small long-haired usually black terrier with erect tail and ears

{n: Set, Seth} evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris

{n: Siamese cat, Siamese} a slender short-haired blue-eyed breed of cat having a pale coat with dark ears paws face and tail tip

{n: Siren} a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived
"Odysseus ordered his crew to plug their ears so they would not hear the Siren's fatal song"

{n: Strix, genus Strix} owls lacking ear tufts

{n: Wynnea americana} a fungus composed of several apothecia that look like elongated rabbit ears; the sterile surface is dark brown and warty; the fertile surface is smooth and pinkish orange

{n: abalone, ear-shell} any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior

{n: abrocome, chinchilla rat, rat chinchilla} ratlike rodent with soft fur and large ears of the Andes

{n: accelerando} a gradually increasing tempo of music
"my ear will not accept such violent accelerandos"

{n: alocasia, elephant's ear, elephant ear} any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries

{n: ampulla} the dilated portion of a canal or duct especially of the semicircular canals of the ear

{n: aspergillosis} an opportunistic infection by a fungus of the genus Aspergillus; characterized by inflammation and lesions of the ear and other organs

{n: aspergillosis} disease especially in agricultural workers caused by inhalation of Aspergillus spores causing lumps in skin and ears and respiratory organs

{n: ass} hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse

{n: audibility, audibleness} quality or fact or degree of being audible or perceptible by the ear
<-> inaudibility

{n: auditory apparatus} all of the components of the organ of hearing including the outer and middle and inner ears

{n: auditory center} the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve

{n: auditory meatus, acoustic meatus, ear canal, auditory canal, external auditory canal} either of the passages in the outer ear from the auricle to the tympanic membrane

{n: auditory ossicle} ossicles of the middle ear that transmit acoustic vibrations from the eardrum to the inner ear

{n: auricle, pinna, ear} the externally visible cartilaginous structure of the external ear

{n: auricula, bear's ear, Primula auricula} yellow-flowered primrose native to Alps; commonly cultivated

{n: auricular artery, arteria auricularis} artery that supplies blood to the ear

{n: auricular vein, vena auricularis} one of two veins serving the ear region

{n: basilar artery, arteria basilaris} an unpaired artery; supplies the pons and cerebellum and the back part of the cerebrum and the inner ear

{n: basset, basset hound} smooth-haired breed of hound with short legs and long ears

{n: big-eared bat, Megaderma lyra} large carnivorous Old World bat with very large ears

{n: black-necked grebe, eared grebe, Podiceps nigricollis} small grebe with yellow ear tufts and a black neck; found in Eurasia and southern Africa as well as western United States

{n: blacktail jackrabbit, Lepus californicus} the common jackrabbit of grasslands and open areas of western United States; has large black-tipped ears and black streak on the tail

{n: box} a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
"I gave him a good box on the ear"

{n: bunny, bunny girl} a young waitress in a night club whose costume includes the tail and ears of a rabbit

{n: carnivorous bat, microbat} typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution

{n: cat's-ear, California dandelion, capeweed, gosmore, Hypochaeris radicata} European weed widely naturalized in North America having yellow flower heads and leaves resembling a cat's ears

{n: cat's-ear} any of several plants of the genus Calochortus having flowers with petals shaped like cat's ears

{n: cauliflower ear} an auricle deformed by injury; common among boxers

{n: cefotaxime, Claforan} a parenteral cephalosporin (trade name Claforan) used for severe infections of the lungs or throat or ears or urinary tract

{n: ceftriaxone, Rocephin} a parenteral cephalosporin (trade name Rocephin) used for severe infection of the lungs or throat or ears or urinary tract

{n: cefuroxime, Ceftin, Zinacef} a cephalosporin that can be given parenterally (trade name Zinacef) or orally by tablets (trade name Ceftin); indicated for infections of the lungs or throat or ears or urinary tract or meninges

{n: cephalexin, Keflex, Keflin, Keftab} an oral cephalosporin (trade names Keflex and Keflin and Keftab) commonly prescribe for mild to moderately severe infections of the skin or ears or throat or lungs or urinary tract

{n: cerumen, earwax} a soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal

{n: clip} a sharp slanting blow
"he gave me a clip on the ear"

{n: cochlea} the snail-shaped tube (in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus) where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the organ of Corti

{n: columbo, American columbo, deer's-ear, deer's-ears, pyramid plant, American gentian} any of various tall perennial herbs constituting the genus Frasera; widely distributed in warm dry upland areas of California, Oregon, and Washington

{n: conacaste, elephant's ear, Enterolobium cyclocarpa} tropical South American tree having a wide-spreading crown of bipinnate leaves and coiled ear-shaped fruits; grown for shade and ornament as well as valuable timber

{n: conductive hearing loss, conduction deafness, middle-ear deafness} hearing loss due to problems with the bones of the middle ear

{n: corgi, Welsh corgi} either of two Welsh breeds of long-bodied short-legged dogs with erect ears and a fox-like head

{n: corn, edible corn} ears of corn grown for human food

{n: corn, maize, Indian corn, Zea mays} tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times

{n: corncob} the hard cylindrical core that bears the kernels of an ear of corn

{n: corncrib} a crib for storing and drying ears of corn

{n: cornhusking} the act of removing the husks from ears of corn

{n: cornhusk} the husk of an ear of corn

{n: dachshund, dachsie, badger dog} small long-bodied short-legged German breed of dog having a short sleek coat and long drooping ears; suited for following game into burrows

{n: dog-ear} a corner of a page turned down to mark your place

{n: ear doctor, ear specialist, otologist} a physician who specializes in the ear and its diseases

{n: ear hole} a hole (as in a helmet) for sound to reach the ears

{n: ear, spike, capitulum} fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn

{n: earache, otalgia} an ache localized in the middle or inner ear

{n: eardrum, tympanum, tympanic membrane, myringa} the membrane in the ear that vibrates to sound

{n: eared seal} pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on land; valued for its soft underfur

{n: earflap, earlap} one of two flaps attached to a cap to keep the ears warm

{n: earless lizard} any of several slender lizards without external ear openings: of plains of western United States and Mexico

{n: earless seal, true seal, hair seal} any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers

{n: earlobe, ear lobe} the fleshy pendulous part of the external human ear

{n: earmark} identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal

{n: earmuff} either of a pair of ear coverings (usually connected by a headband) that are worn to keep the ears warm in cold weather

{n: earphone, earpiece, headphone, phone} electro-acoustic transducer for converting electric signals into sounds; it is held over or inserted into the ear
"it was not the typing but the earphones that she disliked"

{n: earring} jewelry to ornament the ear; usually clipped to the earlobe or fastened through a hole in the lobe

{n: ear} attention to what is said
"he tried to get her ear"

{n: ear} good hearing
"he had a keen ear"
"a good ear for pitch"

{n: ear} the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium

{n: endolymph} the bodily fluid that fills the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear

{n: equilibrium, labyrinthine sense, vestibular sense, sense of balance, sense of equilibrium} a sensory system located in structures of the inner ear that registers the orientation of the head

{n: external ear, outer ear} the part of the ear visible externally

{n: face, human face} the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
"he washed his face"
"I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"

{n: faun} ancient Italian deity in human shape, with horns, pointed ears and a goat's tail; equivalent to Greek satyr

{n: fenestra} a small opening covered with membrane (especially one in the bone between the middle and inner ear)

{n: field chickweed, field mouse-ear, Cerastium arvense} densely tufted perennial chickweed of north temperate zone

{n: forelock, foretop} a lock of a horse's mane that grows forward between the ears

{n: forget-me-not, mouse ear, Myosotis scorpiodes} small perennial herb having bright blue or white flowers

{n: fox} alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs

{n: freetail, free-tailed bat, freetailed bat} small swift insectivorous bat with leathery ears and a long tail; common in warm regions

{n: fur seal} an eared seal of the northern Pacific

{n: fur seal} eared seal of the southern hemisphere; the thick soft underfur is the source of sealskin
"the male fur seal is much larger than the female"

{n: galago, bushbaby, bush baby} agile long-tailed nocturnal African lemur with dense woolly fur and large eyes and ears

{n: great crested grebe, Podiceps cristatus} large Old World grebe with black ear tufts

{n: hare} swift timid long-eared mammal larger than a rabbit having a divided upper lip and long hind legs; young born furred and with open eyes

{n: hearing aid, ear trumpet} a conical acoustic device formerly used to direct sound to the ear of a hearing-impaired person

{n: hognose bat, Choeronycteris mexicana} small-eared Mexican bat with a long slender nose

{n: horned owl} large owls having prominent ear tufts

{n: hound, hound dog} any of several breeds of dog used for hunting typically having large drooping ears

{n: inaudibility, inaudibleness} the quality of not being perceptible by the ear
<-> audibility

{n: inner ear, internal ear, labyrinth} a complex system of interconnecting cavities; concerned with hearing and equilibrium

{n: jackass bat, spotted bat, Euderma maculata} a large bat of the southwestern United States having spots and enormous ears

{n: kelpie} an Australian sheepdog with pointed ears

{n: koala, koala bear, kangaroo bear, native bear, Phascolarctos cinereus} sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark

{n: labyrinthine vein, internal auditory vein} veins that drain the inner ear

{n: labyrinthitis, otitis interna} inflammation of the inner ear; can cause vertigo and vomiting

{n: lion's-ear, Leonotis nepetaefolia, Leonotis nepetifolia} pantropical herb having whorls of striking lipped flowers; naturalized in United States

{n: lobe} (anatomy) a somewhat rounded subdivision of a bodily organ or part
"ear lobe"

{n: long-eared bat} any of various Old or New World bats having very long ears

{n: long-eared owl, Asio otus} slender European owl of coniferous forests with long ear tufts

{n: lynx, catamount} short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur

{n: macrotus, Macrotus californicus} large-eared greyish bat of southern California and northwestern Mexico

{n: mastiff bat} a soft-furred chocolate-brown bat with folded ears and small wings; often runs along the ground

{n: mastoid, mastoid process, mastoid bone, mastoidal} process of the temporal bone behind the ear at the base of the skull

{n: mealie} an ear of corn

{n: mechanism} a natural object resembling a machine in structure or function
"the mechanism of the ear"
"the mechanism of infection"

{n: membranous labyrinth} the sensory structures of the inner ear including the labyrinthine receptors and the cochlea; contained within the bony labyrinth

{n: middle ear, tympanic cavity, tympanum} the main cavity of the ear; between the eardrum and the inner ear

{n: mouse-ear chickweed, mouse eared chickweed, mouse ear, clammy chickweed, chickweed} any of various plants related to the common chickweed

{n: mouse-ear hawkweed, Pilosella officinarum, Hieracium pilocella} European hawkweed having soft hairy leaves; sometimes placed in genus Hieracium

{n: mouse-eared bat} a carnivorous bat with ears like a mouse

{n: mouse} any of numerous small rodents typically resembling diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender usually hairless tails

{n: mule deer, burro deer, Odocoileus hemionus} long-eared deer of western North America with two-pronged antlers

{n: mule's ears, Wyethia amplexicaulis} balsamic-resinous herb with clumps of lanceolate leaves and stout leafy stems ending in large deep yellow flowers on long stalks; northwestern United States

{n: musth} an annual phase of heightened sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals (especially elephants); is associated with discharge from a gland between the eye and ear
"the frenzied elephant was in musth"

{n: myringotomy} surgical incision into the eardrum (to relieve pressure or release pus from the middle ear)

{n: nubbin} a small nub (especially an undeveloped fruit or ear of corn)

{n: organ of Corti} the hearing organ of the inner ear; contains receptors that respond to sound waves

{n: organ of hearing} the part of the ear that is responsible for sensations of sound

{n: ormer, sea-ear, Haliotis tuberculata} an abalone found near the Channel Islands

{n: ossicle, bonelet, ossiculum} a small bone; especially one in the middle ear

{n: otitis externa} inflammation of the external ear (including auricle and ear canal)

{n: otitis media} inflammation of the middle ear; common in children

{n: otitis} inflammation of the ear

{n: otology} the branch of medicine concerned with the ear

{n: otoplasty} reconstructive surgery of the auricle of the external ear

{n: otorrhea} discharge from the external ear

{n: otosclerosis} hereditary disorder in which ossification of the labyrinth of the inner ear causes tinnitus and eventual deafness

{n: otoscope, auriscope, auroscope} medical instrument consisting of a magnifying lens and light; used for examining the external ear (the auditory meatus and especially the tympanic membrane)

{n: otterhound, otter hound} hardy British hound having long pendulous ears and a thick coarse shaggy coat with an oily undercoat; bred for hunting otters

{n: pallid bat, cave bat, Antrozous pallidus} drab yellowish big-eared bat that lives in caves

{n: papillon} small slender toy spaniel with erect ears and a black-spotted brown to white coat

{n: parotid gland} a large salivary gland that produces 50% of daytime saliva; in human beings it is located in front of and below each ear

{n: perforated eardrum} an eardrum with a hole or tear in it; can interfere with normal hearing and cause other ear problems

{n: perilymph} the bodily fluid that fills the space between the bony labyrinth and the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear

{n: pig's ears, Cantharellus clavatus} an edible agaric with a brown fruiting body that is often compound

{n: pika, mouse hare, rock rabbit, coney, cony} small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America

{n: pinscher} any of three breeds of dogs whose ears and tail are usually cropped

{n: poll} the part of the head between the ears

{n: popcorn, Zea mays everta} corn having small ears and kernels that burst when exposed to dry heat

{n: prosimian} primitive primates having large ears and eyes and characterized by nocturnal habits

{n: psoriasis} a chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales; occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences

{n: rabbit ears} an indoor TV antenna; consists of two extendible rods that form a V

{n: rabbit, coney, cony} any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food

{n: rabbit-eared bandicoot, rabbit bandicoot, bilby, Macrotis lagotis} bandicoot with leathery ears like a rabbit

{n: retromandibular vein, vena retromandibularis, posterior facial vein} posterior branch of the facial vein; formed by temporal veins in front of the ear

{n: rhinolaryngology, otorhinolaryngology, otolaryngology} the medical specialty that deals with diseases of the ear, nose and throat

{n: salpinx} a tube in the uterus or the ear

{n: scops owl} any of several small owls having ear tufts and a whistling call

{n: sea hare, Aplysia punctata} naked marine gastropod having a soft body with reduced internal shell and two pairs of ear-like tentacles

{n: sea lion} any of several large eared seals of the northern Pacific related to fur seals but lacking their valuable coat

{n: sense organ, sensory receptor, receptor} an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation
<-> effector

{n: serval, Felis serval} slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat

{n: shot, pellet} a solid missile discharged from a firearm
"the shot buzzed past his ear"

{n: sideburn, burnside, mutton chop, side-whiskers} beard grown down the side of a man's face in front of the ears (especially when the rest of the beard is shaved off)

{n: spaniel} any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears

{n: speaking trumpet} a trumpet-shaped acoustic device to intensify and direct the human voice; formerly held to the ear by a hard-of-hearing person

{n: spitz} any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail

{n: stapedectomy} surgical removal of the stapes of the middle ear

{n: star tulip, elegant cat's ears, Calochortus elegans} small plant with slender bent stems bearing branched clusters of a few white star-shaped flowers with petals shaped like cat's ears; southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon to Montana

{n: sweet corn, sugar corn, green corn, sweet corn plant, Zea mays rugosa, Zea saccharata} a corn plant developed in order to have young ears that are sweet and suitable for eating

{n: sweet nothings, honeyed words} inconsequential expressions of affection
"he whispered sweet nothings into her ear"

{n: temporal bone, os temporale} a thick bone forming the side of the human cranium and encasing the inner ear

{n: tensor tympani} a small muscle in the middle ear that tenses to protect the eardrum

{n: tin ear} insensitivity to the appropriateness or subtlety of language
"he has a tin ear for dialogue"

{n: tinnitus} a ringing or booming sensation in one or both ears; a symptom of an ear infection or Meniere's disease

{n: tone deafness, tin ear} an inability to distinguish differences in pitch

{n: tophus, chalkstone} a deposit of urates around a joint or in the external ear; diagnostic of advanced or chronic gout

{n: tragus} a small cartilaginous flap in front of the external opening of the ear

{n: tympanic bone} the bone enclosing the middle ear

{n: tympanitis} inflammation of the inner ear

{n: tympanoplasty} surgical correction or repair of defects or injuries in the eardrum or the bones of the middle ear

{n: vestibule of the ear} the central cavity of the bony labyrinth of the ear

{n: vestibule} any of various bodily cavities leading to another cavity (as of the ear or vagina)

{n: vole, field mouse} any of various small mouselike rodents of the family Cricetidae (especially of genus Microtus) having a stout short-tailed body and inconspicuous ears and inhabiting fields or meadows

{n: western big-eared bat, Plecotus townsendi} bat of western North America having extremely large ears

{n: white-rayed mule's ears, Wyethia helianthoides} herb with basal leaves and leafy hairy stems bearing solitary flower heads with white or pale cream rays; northwestern United States

{n: wimple} headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women

{n: wood rat, wood-rat} any of various small short-tailed rodents of the northern hemisphere having soft fur grey above and white below with furred tails and large ears; some are hosts for Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes scapularis (Lyme disease ticks)

{n: worm lizard} a lizard of the genus Amphisbaena; harmless wormlike limbless lizard of warm or tropical regions having concealed eyes and ears and a short blunt tail

{v: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil} cause annoyance in ; disturb, especially by minor irritations
"Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"
"It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

{v: attend, hang, advert, pay heed, give ear} give heed (to)
"The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"
"She hung on his every word"
"They attended to everything he said"

{v: box} hit with the fist
"I'll box your ears!"

{v: catch, pick up} perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
"I caught the aroma of coffee"
"He caught the allusion in her glance"
"ears open to catch every sound"
"The dog picked up the scent"
"Catch a glimpse"

{v: cut off, chop off, lop off} remove by or as if by cutting
"cut off the ear"
"lop off the dead branch"

{v: fall, shine, strike} touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
"Light fell on her face"
"The sun shone on the fields"
"The light struck the golden necklace"
"A strange sound struck my ears"

{v: hold} cover as for protection against noise or smell
"She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"
"hold one's nose"

{v: incline} bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
"He inclined his ear to the wise old man"

{v: nibble} bite gently
"The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"

{v: play it by ear} decide on one's actions as one goes along, depending on the situation
"She didn't know what to expect from her new job, so she played it by ear"

{v: prick up, prick, cock up} raise
"The dog pricked up his ears"

{v: strive, reach, strain} to exert much effort or energy
"straining our ears to hear"

{v: whistle, sing} make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound
"the kettle was singing"
"the bullet sang past his ear"

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