se·​ta | \ ˈsē-tə How to pronounce seta (audio) \
plural setae\ ˈsē-​ˌtē How to pronounce setae (audio) \

Definition of seta

: a slender usually rigid or bristly and springy organ or part of an animal or plant

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Other Words from seta

setal \ ˈsē-​tᵊl How to pronounce setal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of seta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Post up, wait for your moment, and ask for a quesadilla de quelites con requeson (wild greens with ricotta) or flor de calabaza con queso (squash blossoms with oaxacan cheese) or setas (wood ear mushrooms, no cheese). Scarlett Lindeman, Bon Appetit, "The Best Healthy Restaurants in Mexico City," 28 Mar. 2018 The setas with garlic plate ($7) is essentially a small ceramic boat filled with sliced Italian brown mushrooms (creminis) sautéed with lots of garlic, finely chopped red onion and probably too much Marsala wine. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Bodovino still going strong in its fifth year," 18 Jan. 2018 Stinging caterpillars do not actively try to sting predators; but when they are touched, their hairy setae break off on the attacker and the poison is released. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension,, "Stinging caterpillars (Garden Talk)," 22 Aug. 2017 These setae are divided at the tip into millions of nanoscale structures called spatulae. National Geographic, "Geckos May Be Famously Sticky, but Here's What Stumps Them," 9 July 2016 In 2006, Stanford researchers took inspiration from geckos to create a robot that clambered along surfaces using synthetic setae, the tiny, sticky hairs that give geckos their climbing skills. Katie Drummond, WIRED, "Pentagon Funds Spider-Man Tech for Real-Life Wall Crawlers," 3 Feb. 2010

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First Known Use of seta

circa 1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seta

New Latin, from Latin saeta, seta bristle

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The first known use of seta was circa 1793

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“Seta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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se·​ta | \ ˈsēt-ə How to pronounce seta (audio) \
plural setae\ ˈsē-​ˌtē How to pronounce setae (audio) \

Medical Definition of seta

: a slender usually rigid or bristly and springy organ or part of an animal or plant

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