gonapophysis

noun

gon·​apophysis
¦gän +
plural gonapophyses
: an organ or process of the anal region of an insect that serves in copulation, oviposition, or stinging
used chiefly of such structures when paired and regarded as modified appendages

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from gon- + apophysis

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“Gonapophysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gonapophysis. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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