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The falx cerebri (Latin: "scythe of the brain") is an extension of the protective dura mater that projects into the longitudinal fissure that seperates the two cerebral hemispheres. Latin is the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Using a scythe A scythe is an agricultural hand tool for mowing and reaping grass or crops. ... In the anatomy of animals, the brain, or encephalon, is the supervisory center of the nervous system. ... The dura mater (from the Latin hard mother) is the tough and inflexible outermost of the three layers of the meninges (the other two being the pia mater and the arachnoid). ... The longitudinal fissure is the fissure (groove) that runs from the rostral to caudal portion of the brain, that serves to separate the left and right hemispheres. ...

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The word falx is also used in a variety of anatomical contexts to describe scythe-shaped structures, including the falx cerebri, falx cerebelli, and inguinal aponeurotic falx.
Falx is a latin word originally meaning sickle, but was later used to mean any of a number of tools that had a curved blade that was sharp on the inside edge such as a scythe.
Falx was also used to mean a weapon, particularly that of the Thracians and Dacians, and later a siege hook used by the Romans themselves.
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