spiculum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spiculum small pointed structure serving as a skeletal element in various marine and freshwater invertebrates e.g. sponges and corals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spiculum (Zoöl) Same as Spicule.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spiculum In zoology, a spicula or spicule. Specifically— In some worms, a chitinous rod developed In the cloaca as a copulatory organ; a kind of penis.
    • n spiculum A needle-shaped splinter of bone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Spiculum a spicule
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a little point
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spica, an ear of corn.

Usage

In literature:

Spiculum: a small spicule or thin, pointed process.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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