furcula

noun
fur·​cu·​la | \ ˈfər-kyə-lə How to pronounce furcula (audio) \
plural furculae\ ˈfər-​kyə-​ˌlē How to pronounce furculae (audio) , -​ˌlī \

Definition of furcula

: a forked process or part: such as
b : the forked leaping appendage arising from the fourth abdominal segment of a springtail

First Known Use of furcula

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for furcula

New Latin, from Latin, forked prop, diminutive of furca

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“Furcula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furcula. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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furcula

noun
fur·​cu·​la | \ ˈfər-kyə-lə How to pronounce furcula (audio) \
plural furculae\ -​ˌlē How to pronounce furculae (audio) , -​ˌlī How to pronounce furculae (audio) \

Medical Definition of furcula

: an elevation on the embryonic floor of the pharynx from which the epiglottis develops

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