opercular

adjective
oper·​cu·​lar | \ ō-ˈpər-kyə-lər How to pronounce opercular (audio) \

Definition of opercular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting an operculum

opercular

noun

Definition of opercular (Entry 2 of 2)

: an opercular part (such as a bone or scale)

Examples of opercular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some people consider the salience network to be the same as another network, called the cingulo-opercular network — the new Neuron paper, for example, refers to them interchangeably. Quanta Magazine, "Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On," 5 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of opercular

Adjective

1830, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opercular

Adjective

borrowed from New Latin operculāris, from operculum operculum + Latin -āris -ar

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“Opercular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opercular. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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