Au*ric"u*lar (?), a. [LL. auricularis: cf. F. auriculaire. See Auricle.]

1.

Of or pertaining to the ear, or to the sense of hearing; as, auricular nerves.

2.

Told in the ear, i. e., told privately; as, auricular confession to the priest.

This next chapter is a penitent confession of the king, and the strangest . . . that ever was auricular. Milton.

3.

Recognized by the ear; known by the sense of hearing; as, auricular evidence.

"Auricular assurance."

Shak.

4.

Received by the ear; known by report.

"Auricular traditions."

Bacon.

5. Anat.

Pertaining to the auricles of the heart.

Auricular finger, the little finger; so called because it can be readily introduced into the ear passage.

 

© Webster 1913.

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