Furcula Definition

fûrkyə-lə
furculae
noun
Any forked part or organ, as the wishbone of birds or the forked tail of certain springing insects.
Webster's New World

(anatomy) A forked process or structure, generally two-pronged.

Wiktionary

(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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Other Word Forms of Furcula

Noun

Singular:
furcula
Plural:
furculae

Origin of Furcula

  • Latin diminutive of furca fork

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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