(Tar"so-) A combining form used in anatomy to indicate connection with, or relation to, the
tarsus; as, tarsometatarsus.
(Tar`so*met`a*tar"sal) a. (Anat.) (a) Of or pertaining to both the tarsus and metatarsus; as,
the tarsometatarsal articulations. (b) Of or pertaining to the tarsometatarsus.
(||Tar`so*met`a*tar"sus) n.; pl. Tarsometatarsi [NL.] (Anat.) The large bone next the
foot in the leg of a bird. It is formed by the union of the distal part of the tarsus with the metatarsus.
(Tar*sor"rha*phy) n. [Tarsus + Gr. "rafh` seam, fr. to sew.] (Surg.) An operation to
diminish the size of the opening between eyelids when enlarged by surrounding cicatrices.
(Tar*sot"o*my) n. [Tarsus + Gr. to cut.] (Surg.) The operation of cutting or removing the
(Tar"sus) n.; pl. Tarsi [NL., fr. Gr. the flat of the foot, the edge of the eyelid. Cf. 2d Tarse.]
1. (Anat.) (a) The ankle; the bones or cartilages of the part of the foot between the metatarsus and
the leg, consisting in man of seven short bones. (b) A plate of dense connective tissue or cartilage in
the eyelid of man and many animals; called also tarsal cartilage, and tarsal plate.
2. (Zoöl.) The foot of an insect or a crustacean. It usually consists of form two to five joints.
(Tart) a. [AS. teart. &radic63. Cf. Tear, v. t.]
1. Sharp to the taste; acid; sour; as, a tart apple.
2. Fig.: Sharp; keen; severe; as, a tart reply; tart language; a tart rebuke.
Why art thou tart, my brother?Bunyan.
(Tart), n. [OE. tarte, F. tarte; perhaps originally the same word as tourte, LL. torta, fr. L. tortus,
p. p. of torquere to twist, bend, wind, because tarts were originally made of a twisted shape. Cf. Torture,
n.] A species of small open pie, or piece of pastry, containing jelly or conserve; a sort of fruit pie.
(Tar"tan) n. [F. tiretane linsey- woolsey, akin to Sp. tiritaña a sort of thin silk; cf. Sp. tiritar to
shiver or shake with cold.] Woolen cloth, checkered or crossbarred with narrow bands of various colors,
much worn in the Highlands of Scotland; hence, any pattern of tartan; also, other material of a similar
MacCullummore's heart will be as cold as death can make it, when it does not warm to the tartan.Sir
The sight of the tartan inflamed the populace of London with hatred.Macaulay.
(Tar"tan), n. [F. tartane, or Sp., Pg., or It. tartana; all perhaps of Arabic origin.] (Naut.) A small
coasting vessel, used in the Mediterranean, having one mast carrying large leteen sail, and a bowsprit
with staysail or jib.
(Tar"tar) n. [F. tartre (cf. Pr. tartari, Sp., Pg., & It. tartaro, LL. tartarum, LGr. ); perhaps of
1. (Chem.) A reddish crust or sediment in wine casks, consisting essentially of crude cream of tartar,
and used in marking pure cream of tartar, tartaric acid, potassium carbonate, black flux, etc., and, in
dyeing, as a mordant for woolen goods; called also argol, wine stone, etc.