Try Our Apps


What does the eggplant emoji really mean?


[kri-mas-ter] /krɪˈmæs tər/
Entomology. a usually hooklike process on the posterior tip of a chrysalis, for attaching the pupa to a stem, twig, etc.
Anatomy. the suspensory muscle of the testis.
Origin of cremaster
1670-80; < Latin < Greek kremastḗr literally, suspender, akin to kremannýnai to hang
Related forms
[krem-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
[krem-uh-ster-ik] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cremaster
Historical Examples
  • The cremaster is a characteristic structure in the pupa of a moth or butterfly.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • The cremaster, which is short, is bent upward at an oblique angle with the line of the ventral surface.

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • cremaster: a stout spine, process or hooked area at the hind end of pupae in Lepidoptera.

  • Crotchets: the curved spines or hooks on the prolegs of caterpillars and on the cremaster of pupae.

  • The pupa is fastened to this pad by a spiny hook or process, the cremaster (fig. 23 cr), on the last abdominal segment.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • This hook-like projection is called the cremaster, and it serves a very important purpose in holding the chrysalis in position.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed

Word of the Day

Nearby words for cremaster

Word Value for cremaster

Scrabble Words With Friends