Of, relating to, or located in the region of the neck or throat.
1. A jugular vein.
2. The most vital part: a strategic attack aimed at the enemy's jugular.
[Late Latin iugulāris (vēna), jugular (vein), from Latin iugulum, collarbone, diminutive of iugum, yoke; see yeug- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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