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  1. (of an insect) responsive to sound vibrations, as certain organs or parts.

Origin of chordotonal

First recorded in 1885–90; chord1 + -o- + tonal
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Historical Examples

  • The chordotonal organs of insects have been specially studied by Graber.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

  • Chordotonal: responsive to vibrations; applied to the ear-like structures in Orthoptera,.

  • This sphere of refractive material he calls the 'capitellum' of the chordotonal thread.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

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