An example of sinew is the Achilles tendon in the back of the ankle.
Origin of sinew
- Middle English sinewe from Old English sinewe oblique form of seonu, sinu
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English sinewe, synow, sinue, from Old English sinu, synu, senu, seono, seonu (“sinew, nerve, tendon"), from Proto-Germanic *sinwÅ, *senawÅ (“sinew"), from Proto-Indo-European *senew-, *snÄ“w- (“tendon"), from Proto-Indo-European *sey- (“to bind, knit, tie together, tie to, connect"). Cognate with Scots senon, sinnon, sinnow (“sinew"), Saterland Frisian Siene (“sinew"), West Frisian senuw, sine (“nerve, sinew"), Dutch zenuw (“nerve, sinew"), German Sehne (“tendon, cord, sinew"), Swedish sena (“sinew"), Icelandic sin (“tendon"), Latin nervus (“sinew, nerve, tendon"), Ancient Greek Î½Îµá¿¦ÏÎ¿Î½ (neÅ©ron, “tendon, cord, nerve"), Avestan [script?] (snÄvar-, “tendon, sinew"), Sanskrit [script?] (snÄvan-, snÄvÃ¡n-, “tendon, muscle, sinew"), Tocharian B á¹£Ã±or.