|A human coccyx is, as one can clearly see, just like a cuckoo's beak|
(illustration from Sobotta's Human Anatomy 1909)
Noun. Plural coccyxes, coccyges. Late 16th century.
[Latin from Greek kokkux, -ug- (originally) cuckoo: from its resemblance (in humans) to a cuckoo's beak.]
ANATOMY. The small triangular bone forming the lower end of the spinal column in humans and some apes;
the analogous part in birds or other vertebrates.
There. Nothing remotely funny or difficult about that. And if your smirking backfriends need a little further education, you can tell them that the coccyx is so named because it resembles a cuckoo's beak, and pain in the coccyx is called coccydynia and it's no laughing matter.
|A Eurasian cuckoo|
(photo by Isidro Villa Verde)
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Were you appalled by the subsequent crude jokes and lack of sympathy?
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