sen·​sil·​lum | \ sen-ˈsi-ləm How to pronounce sensillum (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sensilla \ sen-​ˈsi-​lə How to pronounce sensilla (audio) \
plural sensilla\ sen-​ˈsi-​lə How to pronounce sensilla (audio) \ also sensillae\ sen-​ˈsi-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce sensillae (audio) \

Definition of sensillum

: a simple epithelial sense organ of an invertebrate (such as an insect) usually in the form of a spine, plate, rod, cone, or peg that is composed of one or a few cells with a nerve connection

First Known Use of sensillum

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sensillum

New Latin sensillum, diminutive of Medieval Latin sensus sense organ, from Latin, sense

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“Sensillum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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