furca

noun

fur·​ca
ˈfərkə
plural furcae
-rˌkī,
-rˌsē
: a forked process:
a
: an internal skeletal projection from the ventral thoracic wall in certain insects
b
: a chitinous structure in the proboscis of certain flies
c
: the two-forked last abdominal segment of certain crustaceans

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, fork

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“Furca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furca. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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