Meaning of beloid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbiːlɔɪd/ /ˈbɛlɔɪd/


  • Having a narrow, pointed, or tapering shape, or composed of parts having such a shape; specifically (a) Anatomy †designating a styloid process (obsolete rare); (b) Zoology (in radiolarians) designating a form of skeleton composed of disconnected spicules; (c) Anthropology designating or exhibiting a shape of skull with a broad occiput and narrow frontal region.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robley Dunglison (1798–1869), physician and medical writer. From ancient Greek βέλος arrow, dart + -oid, originally (in medical use) after post-classical Latin beloides.