Definition of spiracle
spiracularplay \spə-ˈra-kyə-lər, spī-\ adjective
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When disturbed, say by a predator, these North American insects compress their bodies and squeeze air out of holes in the sides of their bodies, called spiracles.
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Origin and Etymology of spiracle
Middle English, from Latin spiraculum, from spirare to breathe
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of spiracle for Students
: an opening on the body (as of an insect) used for breathing
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