syrinx

[sir-ingks]
noun, plural syringes [suh-rin-jeez] , syrinxes.
1.
Ornithology. the vocal organ of birds, situated at or near the bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi.
2.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a mountain nymph of Arcadia who was transformed, in order to protect her chastity from Pan, into the reed from which Pan then made the panpipe.
3.
a panpipe.
4.
a narrow corridor in an ancient Egyptian tomb.

Origin:
1600–10; (< Latin) < Greek sŷrinx pipe, pipelike object

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syrinx (ˈsɪrɪŋks)
 
n , pl syringes, syrinxes
1.  the vocal organ of a bird, which is situated in the lower part of the trachea
2.  (in classical Greek music) a panpipe or set of panpipes
3.  anatomy another name for the Eustachian tube
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek surinx pipe]
 
syringeal
 
adj

Syrinx (ˈsɪrɪŋks)
 
n
Greek myth a nymph who was changed into a reed to save her from the amorous pursuit of Pan. From this reed Pan then fashioned his musical pipes

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syrinx
1606, the instrument itself known from 14c. in English, from L.L. syrinx, from Gk. syrinx "shepherd's pipe." Used of vocal organs of birds from 1872.
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syrinx syr·inx (sēr'ĭngks)
n. pl. syr·inx·es or sy·rin·ges (sə-rĭn'jēz, -rĭng'gēz)
A pathological tube-shaped cavity in the brain or spinal cord.

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Birds, on the other hand, vocalize through an organ in their throat called the syrinx.
A syrinx in the spinal cord or brainstem is sometimes inaccurately referred to as a cyst.
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