eye·​stalk ˈī-ˌstȯk How to pronounce eyestalk (audio)
: one of the movable peduncles bearing an eye at the tip in a decapod crustacean

Examples of eyestalk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the jellyfish can see the outlines of its environment, signals from its four simple brains (one in each eyestalk) steer it home to shallow coastal waters from Puerto Rico to Australia — and, unfortunately, toward tropical beachgoers, who dread the animal’s dangerous sting. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eyestalk was in 1854

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“Eyestalk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyestalk. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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eye·​stalk -ˌstȯk How to pronounce eyestalk (audio)
: a movable stalk bearing an eye at the tip in a crustacean
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