• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cercus (Zoöl) See Cercopod.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cercus In entomology, one of the feelers which project from the hinder parts of some insects; one of the more or less antenniform appendages of some insects, the anal limbs or anal forceps (also called anal cerci), usually jointed, as in the cockroach. The cerci resemble the antennæ of the same insects. In Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera they are inarticulate and greatly aborted. See cuts under A mara and Blattidæ.
    • n cercus In anatomy, a bristle or bristle-like structure.
    • n cercus [cap. (Latreille, 1796.)] A genus of clavicorn beetles, of the family Nitidulidæ. It is easily recognized by the combination of the following characters: claws without distinct tooth at base; elytra margined and with distinct epipleuræ. The species are all of small size and occur on flowers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ke`rkos tail