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mentum \men"tum\, n. [L., chin.] (Zo["o]l.) The front median plate of the labium in insects. See Labium.


n. 1 (context anatomy English) The chin. 2 (context malacology English) A chin-like projection below the mouth of certain mollusks.

  1. n. a projection like a chin formed by the sepals and base of the column in some orchids

  2. the protruding part of the lower jaw [syn: chin]

  3. a projection below the mouth of certain mollusks that resembles a chin


The mentum is an anatomical structure, a projecting feature that is near the mouth of any of a variety of different kinds of animals:

  1. In insects, the mentum is the distal part of the labium. The mentum bears the palps, glossae, paraglossae, and/or ligula.
  2. On the human face, the mentum refers to the protruding part of the chin.
  3. In certain sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks, the mentum is a thin projection of the soft parts of the animal, below the mouth. It is found in the family Pyramidellidae.

Usage examples of "mentum".

Then any case endings would presumably also be dual: dative ment, allative menta, ablative melto, instrumental menten.

E, sempre suo malgrado, gli era piaciuta moltissimo la bibita verde, frizzante, dal profumo di menta (una bibi­ta che non era alcolica, ma era qualcos'altro, qualcosa di simile e diverso a un tempo) che costituiva la moda del periodo.