seta

seta

[see-tuh]
noun, plural setae [see-tee] . Biology.
a stiff hair; bristle or bristlelike part.

Origin:
1785–95; < Latin sēta, saeta bristle

setal, adjective
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seta (ˈsiːtə)
 
n , pl -tae
1.  (in invertebrates and some plants) any bristle or bristle-like appendage
2.  (in mosses) the stalk of the sporophyte that bears the capsule
 
[C18: from Latin]
 
setaceous
 
adj
 
se'taceously
 
adv
 
'setal
 
adj

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seta se·ta (sē'tə)
n. pl. se·tae (-tē)
A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part.

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seta   (sē'tə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural setae (sē'tē)
A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part on an organism. Setae on the bodies of spiders are used as sensory organs, while setae on the bodies of many polychaete worms, such as earthworms, are used for locomotion. Microscopic setae on the feet of geckos allow adhesion to vertical surfaces.
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