cultellus

noun

cul·​tel·​lus
kəlˈteləs
plural cultelli
-eˌlī,
-(ˌ)lē
: one of the sharp pointed cutting organs (as mandibles and maxillae) of many bloodsucking flies

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, small knife, diminutive of culter knife, plowshare

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cultellus was in 1826

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“Cultellus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cultellus. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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