antefurca

noun

an·​te·​fur·​ca
plural antefurcae
: a forked chitinous process projecting into the thoracic cavity from the sternal wall of the anterior thoracic segment of certain insects
antefurcal
¦⸗⸗¦-
adjective

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from ante- + furca

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antefurca was in 1826

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“Antefurca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antefurca. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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