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: a breathing hole : vent
: a breathing orifice: such as
: blowhole sense 2
: an external tracheal aperture of a terrestrial arthropod that in an insect is usually one of a series of small apertures located along each side of the thorax and abdomen — see insect illustration
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, from Latin spiraculum, from spirare to breathe
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: an opening on the body (as of an insect) used for breathing
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