- an ancient Greek headband or fillet
- Anat. a ribbonlike part or structure, as of muscle or nerve tissue
- Archit. a band between the frieze and the architrave of a Doric entablature
- Zool. a tapeworm (esp. genus Taenia)
Origin of taeniaClassical Latin from Classical Greek tainia, ribbon, tape, akin to teinein, to stretch: see thin
nounpl. tae·ni·ae, or tae·ni·as also te·ni·ae or tae·ni·as
- A narrow band or ribbon for the hair that was worn in ancient Greece.
- Architecture A band in the Doric order that separates the frieze from the architrave.
- Anatomy A ribbonlike band of tissue or muscle.
- Any of various tapeworms of the genus Taenia, some of which infect humans.
Origin of taeniaLatin ribbon, tapeworm from Greek tainiā ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
c. 100 bc marble copy of the bronze Diadoumenos by Polyclitus (c. mid-5th century bc)
(plural taenias or taeniae)
From Latin taenia, from Ancient Greek Ï„Î±Î¹Î½Î¯Î± (tainia, “ribbon, tape").
Ancient Greek Ï„Î±Î¹Î½Î¯Î± (tainia, “band,ribbon")