syrinx

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English[edit]

A schematic drawing of a syrinx (bird voice organ)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sȳrinx, from Ancient Greek σῦριγξ ‎(sûrinx, pipe, tube, channel, fistula).

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Noun[edit]

syrinx ‎(plural syrinxes or syringes)

  1. A set of panpipes.
    • 1982, John Fowles, Mantissa:
      Actually, to cut a long story short, he began...well, playing with a rather different sort of pipe. Or syrinx, as we called it. He obviously thought he was alone.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 247:
      Inside, somebody was playing a duet on syrinx and lyre.
  2. A narrow channel cut in rock, especially in ancient Egyptian tombs.
  3. (ornithology) The voice organ in birds.
    • 1999, Irene M. Pepperberg, The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots, 2002, page 293,
      The role of the syrinx in psittacine sound production is still under examination, and probably differs from that of songbirds.
    • 2007, Gisela Kaplan, Tawny Frogmouth, page 121,
      The primary sound-producing organ in a bird is the syrinx and the secondary system aiding sound production consists of the larynx, mouth, tongue and laryngeal muscles.
    • 2010, Peter Simmons, David Young, Nerve Cells and Animal Behaviour, 3rd Edition, page 247,
      The organ responsible for producing sounds during song is the syrinx, located where the trachea joins the bronchi of the two lungs (Fig. 9.14).
  4. (medicine) A rare, fluid-filled neuroglial cavity within the spinal cord or in the brain stem

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sȳrinx, from Ancient Greek σῦριγξ ‎(sûrinx, pipe, tube, channel, fistula).

Noun[edit]

syrinx

  1. (rare) Alternative spelling of syrinks

Declension[edit]

Inflection of syrinx (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative syrinx syrinxit
genitive syrinxin syrinxien
partitive syrinxiä syrinxejä
illative syrinxiin syrinxeihin
singular plural
nominative syrinx syrinxit
accusative nom. syrinx syrinxit
gen. syrinxin
genitive syrinxin syrinxien
partitive syrinxiä syrinxejä
inessive syrinxissä syrinxeissä
elative syrinxistä syrinxeistä
illative syrinxiin syrinxeihin
adessive syrinxillä syrinxeillä
ablative syrinxiltä syrinxeiltä
allative syrinxille syrinxeille
essive syrinxinä syrinxeinä
translative syrinxiksi syrinxeiksi
instructive syrinxein
abessive syrinxittä syrinxeittä
comitative syrinxeineen

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek σῦρῐγξ ‎(sûrinx).

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Noun[edit]

sȳrinx f ‎(genitive sȳringos); third declension

  1. reed, reed flute, reed pipe, pan flute, panpipe

Declension[edit]

Third declension, Greek type.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sȳrinx sȳringēs
genitive sȳringos sȳringum
dative sȳringī sȳringibus
accusative sȳringa sȳringas
ablative sȳringe sȳringibus
vocative sȳrinx sȳringēs

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References[edit]

  • 1 sȳrinx on page 1,535/1 of Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • syrinx in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • syrinx in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • syrinx in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin