harpago

noun

har·​pa·​go
ˈhärpəˌgō
plural harpagones
ˌhärpəˈgōˌnēz
: an element of the male copulatory apparatus of many insects that forms part of a clasper
especially : a modified stylus of the ninth segment forming one lateral half of a clasper
usually used in plural

Word History

Etymology

New Latin harpagon-, harpago, from Latin, grappling iron, irregular from Greek harpagē hook, rake

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“Harpago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harpago. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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