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talus (tā´ləs), deposit of rock fragments detached from cliffs or mountain slopes by weathering and piled up at their bases. A talus is a common geologic feature in regions of high cliffs. The angle of slope of a talus is rarely greater than 40°. The constant weathering to which a talus is subjected, which breaks the rock fragments into finer pieces, and the impact of new material being added from above give the base of the talus a tendency to creep and slide. The term talus is often used to refer to the fragments themselves.

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ta·lus1 / ˈtāləs/ • n. (pl. ta·li / ˈtālī/ ) Anat. the large bone in the ankle that articulates with the tibia of the leg and the calcaneum and navicular bone of the foot. Also called astragalus. ta·lus2 • n. (pl. ta·lus·es) a sloping mass of rock fragments at the foot of a cliff. ∎  the sloping side of an earthwork, or of a wall that tapers to the top.

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talus (astragalus) (tay-lŭs) n. the ankle bone. It forms part of the tarsus, articulating with the tibia above, the fibula to the side, and the calcaneus below.

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talus1 (fortif.) sloping side of an earthwork XVII; (geol.) sloping mass of detritus XIX. — (O)F., of unkn. orig.

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talus (scree slope) A sloping mass of coarse rock fragments accumulated at the foot of a cliff or slope.

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talus, tallus.
1. Retaining-wall.

2. Battered wall, especially in fortifications.

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talus2 (anat.) ankle, astragalus. XVIII. — L.

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talus Astragalus; ankle-bone. See TIBIALE.

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