noun cri·bel·lum \krə̇ˈbeləm\

Definition of cribellum



  1. 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. 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 — more at certain

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