The ear is mostly cartilage.
If you get the upper outer part of your ear pierced, the area that you pierce is an example of cartilage.
- tough, elastic, whitish animal tissue; gristle: the skeletons of embryos and young animals are composed largely of cartilage, most of which later turns to bone
- a part or structure consisting of cartilage
Origin of cartilageMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin cartilago: for Indo-European base see hurdle
Origin of cartilageMiddle English from Old French from Latin cartilāgō cartilāgin-