cerci

cercus

[sur-kuhs, ker-]
noun, plural cerci [sur-sahy, ker-kee] .
one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs.

Origin:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin < Greek kérkos tail

cercal, adjective
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cercus (ˈsɜːkəs)
 
n , pl -ci
one of a pair of sensory appendages at the tip of the abdomen of some insects and other arthropods
 
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek kerkos tail]

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cercus cer·cus (sûr'kəs)
n. pl. cer·ci (sûr'sī, -kī)

  1. A stiff hairlike structure.

  2. Either of a pair of terminal, dorsolateral sensory appendages of certain insects, such as the female mosquito.

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