As nouns the difference between limb and phocomelia
is that limb
is a major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing) or limb
can be (astronomy) the apparent visual edge of a celestial body while phocomelia
is a congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.
As a verb limb
is to remove the limbs from an animal or tree.
From (etyl) lim, from (etyl) . The silent -b began to appear in the late 1500s.
A major appendage of human or animal, used for locomotion (such as an arm, leg or wing).
*:Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, withon one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs .
A branch of a tree.
(lb) The part of the bow, from the handle to the tip.
(lb) The border or upper spreading part of a monopetalous corolla, or of a petal or sepal; blade.
(lb) The border or edge of the disk of a heavenly body, especially of the sun or moon.
The graduated margin of an arc or circle in an instrument for measuring angles.
An elementary piece of the mechanism of a lock.
A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else.
*Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
*:That little limb of the devil has cheated the gallows.
* go out on a limb
To remove the limbs from an animal or tree.
To supply with limbs.
* , Walden :
- They limbed the felled trees before cutting them into logs.
- Man was not made so large limbed and robust but that he must seek to narrow his world and wall in a space such as fitted him.
From (etyl) limbus , "border".
(astronomy) The apparent visual edge of a celestial body.
(on a measuring instrument) The graduated edge of a circle or arc.
- solar limb
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A congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.
* thalidomide baby