haus·​tel·​lum hȯ-ˈste-ləm How to pronounce haustellum (audio)
plural haustella hȯ-ˈste-lə How to pronounce haustellum (audio)
: a proboscis (as of an insect) adapted to suck blood or juices of plants

Word History


New Latin, diminutive of Latin haustrum scoop on a waterwheel, from haurire to drink, draw — more at exhaust

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haustellum was in 1816

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“Haustellum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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