Hectocotylus meaning

hĕktō-kŏtl-əs
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The definition of a hectocotylus is a specific arm of a cephalopod that transfers sperm to the female.

An example of hectocotylus is what a male octopus uses to get a female octopus pregnant.

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A modified arm of the male of certain cephalopods, such as most octopuses, functioning as a reproductive organ in transferring sperm to the mantle cavity of the female.
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A specific arm of a male octopus, cuttlefish, or other cephalopod, which becomes modified at sexual maturity so that it can transfer sperm to the female.
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(biology) A modified arm of any of several male cephalopods that functions as a reproductive organ by transfering sperm to the mantle of the female.
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Origin of hectocotylus

  • New Latin hecto– Greek kotulē small cup

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