cranium

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cranium:

see skullskull,
the skeletal structure of the head, composed of the facial and cranial bones. The skull houses and protects the brain and most of the chief sense organs; i.e., the eyes, ears, nose, and tongue.
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cranium

[′krā·nē·əm]
(anatomy)
That portion of the skull enclosing the brain. Also known as braincase.

cranium

1. the skull of a vertebrate
2. the part of the skull that encloses the brain
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Maston, scratching with his steel hook his gutta-percha cranium.
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The opening of the red handkerchief had disclosed a superannuated "Keepsake" and six or seven numbers of a "Portrait Gallery," in royal octavo; and the emphatic request to look referred to a portrait of George the Fourth in all the majesty of his depressed cranium and voluminous neckcloth.
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They flock to a cemetery chapel once a year to have the craniums blessed and to bring themselves good luck.
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The past summer is but a random jangle of sweet-tinged memories floating in the backwater ooze inside our craniums.
The unremitting wailers should now hang their empty craniums in shame.