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spinneret

[spin-uh-ret, spin-uh-ret] /ˈspɪn əˌrɛt, ˌspɪn əˈrɛt/
noun
1.
an organ or part by means of which a spider, insect larva, or the like spins a silky thread for its web or cocoon.
2.
a metal plate or cup with tiny holes through which a chemical solution is extruded to form continuous filaments, as of rayon, nylon, or polyester.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; spinner + -et
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  • Such a cloudy solution was sure to gum up his equipment, the spinneret operator argued.
  • The new spinneret works but more work needs to be done to get filaments with the desired size.
British Dictionary definitions for spinneret

spinneret

/ˈspɪnəˌrɛt/
noun
1.
any of several organs in spiders and certain insects through which silk threads are exuded
2.
a finely perforated dispenser through which a viscous liquid is extruded in the production of synthetic fibres
Word Origin
C18: from spinner + -et
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Word Origin and History for spinneret
n.

"silk-spinning organ of a silkworm or spider," coined 1826, diminutive of spinner.

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spinneret in Science
spinneret
  (spĭn'ə-rět')   
One of the small openings in the back part of a spider or silk-producing insect larva, through which the sticky fluid that dries into silk is released.
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Encyclopedia Article for spinneret

in the spinning of man-made fibre, small, thimble-shaped, metal nozzle having fine holes through which a spinning solution is forced to form a filament. The viscous or syrupy solution, prepared by melting or chemically dissolving raw material, emerges from the spinneret as long fibres that are then solidified by coagulation, evaporation, or cooling

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