siphuncle

noun

si·​phun·​cle
ˈsīˌfəŋkel
plural -s
1
a
: a membranous tubular extension of the mantle which runs through the partitions of the chambers to the apex of a shelled cephalopod : siphon
b
: the shelly structures that are usually funnel-shaped or tubular processes of the septa and that ensheathe and support the cephalopod siphuncle
2
: a cornicle of an aphid

Word History

Etymology

New Latin siphunculus, from Latin, little pipe, diminutive of sipho, siphon siphon

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“Siphuncle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/siphuncle. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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