furcula

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin furcula

Noun[edit]

furcula (plural furculae or furculæ)

  1. (anatomy) A forked process or structure, generally two-pronged.
  2. (ornithology) The forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles in birds, the wishbone or merrythought.
  3. (entomology) The (two-pronged) forked, somewhat tail-like organ held bent forward and secured by a catch beneath most species of Collembola (springtails), with which they jump by releasing the catch abruptly when alarmed.

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

furcula f

  1. small two-pronged fork

References[edit]

  • furcula in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • furcula in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “furcula”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • furcula in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette