calamistrum

noun

cal·​a·​mis·​trum
ˌkaləˈmistrəm
plural calamistra
-rə
: a spinose comb on the hind metatarsi of a cribellate spider that aids in organizing silk spun from the cribellum

Word History

Etymology

Latin, curling iron, irregular from Greek kalamis, from kalamos reed

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“Calamistrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calamistrum. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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