Sacrum - Etymology


The name is derived from the Latin (os) sacrum, (sacer, sacra, sacrum, "sacred"), a translation of the Greek hieron (osteon), meaning sacred or strong bone. Since the sacrum is the seat of the organs of procreation, animal sacra were offered in sacrifices. In Slavic languages and in German this bone is called the 'cross bone' (Kreuzbein), in Dutch 'holy bone' (Heiligbeen).

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