haustellum

haustellum

[haw-stel-uhm]
noun, plural haustella [haw-stel-uh] .
(in certain crustaceans and insects) an organ or part of the proboscis adapted for sucking blood or plant juices.

Origin:
1810–20; < Neo-Latin, diminutive of Latin haustrum scoop on a water wheel, equivalent to haus-, variant stem of haurīre to scoop up, draw + -trum suffix of instrument; for formation, see castellum

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haustellum (hɔːˈstɛləm)
 
n , pl -la
the tip of the proboscis of a housefly or similar insect, specialized for sucking food
 
[C19: New Latin, diminutive of Latin haustrum device for drawing water, from haurīre to draw up; see exhaust]
 
haus'tellate
 
adj

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