Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 18th century
The innermost digit of a forelimb, especially the thumb in primates.
Examples of Pollex in a sentence
"Ernie’s polydactyl cat had an additional pollex."
"The shopping bag was light enough I could carry it with my pollex alone."
Popularity Over Time
“Pollex” came directly from the same word in Latin, meaning “thumb” or “big toe.”
Did you Know?
The English word “pollex” comes directly from Latin, though variations on the word exist in other European languages. In Russian, “palex” means finger, “bol′šoj palec” means “thumb,” and “palec nogi” means “toe.” In both Czech and Bulgarian, “palec” means thumb.