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thymus (n.)

gland near the base of the neck, 1690s, Modern Latin, from Greek thymos "a warty excrescence," used of the gland by Galen, literally "thyme," probably so called because of a fancied resemblance to a bud of thyme (see thyme). Related: Thymic.

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Definitions of thymus from WordNet
1
thymus (n.)
a ductless glandular organ at the base of the neck that produces lymphocytes and aids in producing immunity; atrophies with age;
Synonyms: thymus gland
2
Thymus (n.)
large genus of Old World mints: thyme;
Synonyms: genus Thymus
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