cribellum

noun cri·bel·lum \ krə̇ˈbeləm \

Definition of cribellum

plural cribella \-lə\
1 : a special spinning organ having numerous fine perforations and situated in front of the ordinary spinning organs that is found only in spiders of certain families
2 : a chitinous plate with perforations which constitute the openings of minute ducts leading from certain glands of insects

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Origin and Etymology of cribellum

New Latin, from Late Latin, small sieve, diminutive of Latin cribrum sieve; akin to Latin cernere to sift, discern


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