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Middle finger
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Middle finger
Latin digitus medius
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Thumb · Index · Middle · Ring · Little

The middle finger (also the long finger, or bird finger and usually the longest finger) is the third digit of the human hand, located between the index finger and the ring finger. It is also called the third finger, digitus medius, digitus tertius, "digitus infamous", or digitus III in anatomy.

In many Western countries extending only the middle finger and sometimes along with the index finger (United Kingdom) of the same hand is an offensive and obscene gesture, colloquially known as "flipping the bird" or "Flipping someone off." In some cultures the middle finger is used as an index to point things out.

Simple English

The middle finger (also called "the bird", "the fickle finger of fate", "the curse finger", or "the finger" is a common insulting hand signal in some countries.

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