From Middle French siphon, from Old French sifon, from Latin sipho, from Ancient Greek σίφων (síphōn, “pipe, tube”), of uncertain origin; possibly related to Latin tibia (“pipe, flute of bone”), with the irregular forms suggesting a non-Indo-European loan source, perhaps of the shape *twi-, *twibh.
siphon (plural siphons)
- A bent pipe or tube with one end lower than the other, in which hydrostatic pressure exerted due to the force of gravity moves liquid from one reservoir to another.
- A soda siphon.
- (zoology) A tubelike organ found in animals or elongated cell found in plants.
- (transitive) To transfer (liquid) by means of a siphon.
- He used a rubber tube to siphon petrol from the car's fuel tank.
- (transitive, figurative) To steal or skim off money in small amounts; to embezzle.
- Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN
siphon m (plural siphons)