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Adam’s apple

An Adam’s apple is the projection at the front of a human neck comprised of the thyroid cartilage that wraps around the larynx. This projection becomes more prominent at puberty, and is usually much more prominent in men than women. The term Adam’s apple comes from the story of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. In the story, Adam eats the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, sometimes depicted as an apple. According to the legend, the bite of apple stuck in Adam’s throat and gave him an Adam’s apple. Adam’s apple comes from the Latin pomum Adami. Note that Adam’s apple is capitalized and has an apostrophe, as Adam’s is the possessive of a proper name.


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Goldsmith attacked her with such force it fractured his 49-year-old spouse’s Adam’s apple. (The Sun)

When he essays something like Tuuvan throat-singing, his neck tendons and Adam’s apple become mesmerizing choreographic elements in their own right. (The Vancouver Observer)

“A strike can easily damage or crush the Adam’s apple, causing suffocation, and even a light blow can temporarily disrupt breathing, giving enough of a shock to allow escape.” (The Atlantic Journal Constitution)

“Putting on this wig, drawing lines around my Adam’s apple and putting on this man’s suit, I just thought, ‘This is rad!’’’ (The Telegram)

Urging her LGBTQ students to pull up their pants and cover their breasts, she instructs them how to make an introduction, pay a compliment and apply makeup to camouflage an Adam’s apple, that “nasty speed-bump on the way to glamorous.” (The Daily Herald)

Nor can you reverse a deep voice or “ungrow” an Adam’s apple if you identify as female. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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