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cremaster

[kri-mas-ter] /krɪˈmæs tər/
noun
1.
Entomology. a usually hooklike process on the posterior tip of a chrysalis, for attaching the pupa to a stem, twig, etc.
2.
Anatomy. the suspensory muscle of the testis.
Origin of cremaster
1670-1680
1670-80; < Latin < Greek kremastḗr literally, suspender, akin to kremannýnai to hang
Related forms
cremasterial
[krem-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
cremasteric
[krem-uh-ster-ik] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • 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

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