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Adam's apple

Meaning: the lump of cartilage surrounding the larynx (voice box) at the front of the human neck - most noticeable on adult men

For example:

  • When a boy hits puberty, his Adam's apple becomes more noticeable.

  • The Adam's apple is more prominent on men than women.

Origin: In the Bible, Adam, the first male that God created, takes a bite of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The forbidden fruit is often depicted as an apple that got stuck in Adam's neck.

Quick Quiz:

Your Adam's apple is in your

a. ribcage

b. mouth

c. neck

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Contributor: Tara Benwell