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[fyoo-nik-yuh-luh s] /fyuˈnɪk yə ləs/
noun, plural funiculi
[fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy] /fyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.
Botany. a funicle.
Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.
Origin of funiculus
1655-65; < Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for funiculi
Historical Examples
  • In other cases no traces of ovules are visible, but the funiculi are in a foliaceous condition.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • funiculi funicula Vincente y Blasco Ibanez vermicelli sul campo della gloria risotto!

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • funiculi, Funicula—it seemed to dance with the very spirit of joyousness.

  • We swam round the Castello until we were opposite your windows, and sang 'funiculi, funicula!'

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • There are two funiculi, both connecting the pyloric part of the stomach with the endocyst.

  • Moquin also alludes to a case of the same nature in Cortusa Mathioli, in which the funiculi bore little rounded leaves.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • When funiculi Funiculà was over he sat on the wooden chair provided for him and wiped his face.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for funiculi


noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(anatomy) a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
a variant of funicle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; see funicle
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funiculi in Medicine

funiculus fu·nic·u·lus (fyu-nĭk'yə-ləs, fə-) or fu·ni·cle (fyōō'nĭ-kəl)
n. pl. fu·nic·u·li (-lī') or fu·ni·cles

  1. A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  2. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.

  3. The umbilical cord.

fu·nic'u·lar (-lər) adj.
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funiculi in Science
Plural funiculi (fy-nĭk'yə-lī)
  1. A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta (the ovary wall). In some plants, the funiculus develops into a fleshy seed covering called an aril.

  2. A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  3. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.

  4. The umbilical cord.

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