Furcula meaning

fûr'kyə-lə
A forked part or bone, such as the wishbone of a bird.
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Any forked part or organ, as the wishbone of birds or the forked tail of certain springing insects.
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A forked part or bone, such as the wishbone of a bird.
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(anatomy) A forked process or structure, generally two-pronged.
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(ornithology) The forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles in birds, the wishbone or merrythought.
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(entomology) The (two-pronged) forked, somewhat tail-like organ held bent forward and secured by a catch beneath most species of Collembola (springtails), with which they jump by releasing the catch abruptly when alarmed.
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Origin of furcula

  • Latin diminutive of furca fork
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition