Adam's apple

Adam's apple

Meaning

  • the lump on the forepart of the throat which is especially visible in men

Origin

The Adam's apple is the thyroid cartilage which appears as a lump in the throat. It is said to be there as a reminder that, in the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, Adam ate the forbidden apple, a piece of which became lodged in his throat.

Example Sentence

Having the noose adjusted and secured by tightening above his Adam's apple. DAILY TELEGRAPH, 1865.

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