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[fyoo-nik-yuh-luh s] /fyuˈnɪk yə ləs/
noun, plural funiculi
[fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy] /fyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.
Botany. a funicle.
Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.
Origin of funiculus
1655-65; < Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1 Unabridged
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  • funiculi, Funicula—it seemed to dance with the very spirit of joyousness.

  • In other cases no traces of ovules are visible, but the funiculi are in a foliaceous condition.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • Moquin also alludes to a case of the same nature in Cortusa Mathioli, in which the funiculi bore little rounded leaves.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • funiculi funicula Vincente y Blasco Ibanez vermicelli sul campo della gloria risotto!

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • When funiculi Funiculà was over he sat on the wooden chair provided for him and wiped his face.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • There are two funiculi, both connecting the pyloric part of the stomach with the endocyst.

  • We swam round the Castello until we were opposite your windows, and sang 'funiculi, funicula!'

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for funiculi


noun (pl) -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(anatomy) a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
a variant of funicle
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; see funicle
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funiculi in Medicine

funiculus fu·nic·u·lus (fyu-nĭk'yə-ləs, fə-) or fu·ni·cle (fyōō'nĭ-kəl)
n. pl. fu·nic·u·li (-lī') or fu·ni·cles

  1. A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  2. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.

  3. The umbilical cord.

fu·nic'u·lar (-lər) adj.
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funiculi in Science
Plural funiculi (fy-nĭk'yə-lī)
  1. A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta (the ovary wall). In some plants, the funiculus develops into a fleshy seed covering called an aril.

  2. A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.

  3. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.

  4. The umbilical cord.

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