antefurca

noun
an·​te·​fur·​ca
plural antefurcae

Definition of antefurca

: a forked chitinous process projecting into the thoracic cavity from the sternal wall of the anterior thoracic segment of certain insects

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Other Words from antefurca

antefurcal \ ¦⸗⸗¦-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of antefurca

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antefurca

New Latin, from ante- + furca

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“Antefurca.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antefurca. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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