Why is it called an adam's apple?

Adam's Apple

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    Hi Vijin. The second question is not really relevant to the first. Mar 11, 2012 at 10:14
  • @MattЭллен,Can i ask that as a separate question.is it worth? Mar 11, 2012 at 10:41
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Adam’s apple was used to describe an actual fruit before it was used to describe the lump that men have in their throats. That first occurs in 1625 with the explanation:

They call a man Adam, from our first father Adam, whose wife tempted with the forbidden fruit,‥but as her husband swallowed it, the Hand of God stopped it in his throat, whence a Man hath a Bunch there, which women haue not, called by them Adams apple.


Personally, I've only ever heard one explanation: according to legend, when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Bible (an "apple") a piece became lodged in his throat; so, Adam's apple. When the legend originated is somewhat of a mystery.

The technical term for the Adam's apple is laryngeal prominence.

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    Hm, I always thought the technical term was thyroid cartilage.
    – phoog
    Mar 27, 2012 at 0:17
  • @phoog I believe that that is another accepted term for it as well.
    – user11550
    Mar 27, 2012 at 0:18

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