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baculum

[′bak·yə·ləm]
(vertebrate zoology)
The penis bone in lower mammals. Also known as os priapi.
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Using case studies largely drawn from contemporary political life, Walton devotes each of the following four chapters to the major emotional fallacies: ad populum, ad misericordiam, ad baculum, and ad hominem.
In addition to the argumentum ad baculum, Ahab commits the argumentum ad misericordiam (appeal to pity) and the argumentum ad populum (play on the feelings of the audience).
Recent findings of abnormal baculum among mink and river otters on the lower Columbia River (98) and unusual external genitalia and pseudohermaphroditism among black and polar bears (99,100) suggest that gonadal development in wild mammals may currently be affected by xenobiotics.
Such an appeal to force, known as the ad baculum fallacy, is also an attempt at persuasion, but one of dubious argumentative value.