- the forked clavicular bone of a bird; wishbone.
- the ventral, forked appendage on the abdomen of a springtail that the insect uses in springing itself into the air.
Origin of furcula
Origin of furculum
From New Latin
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Examples from the Web for furcula
The furcula is large, and the scapula has a well developed acromion.
Anatomically, this genus is remarkable in the parrot tribe for having no furcula, or merry-thought bone.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical
Frank H. Stauffer
In Furcula, the outer margin of the band is generally sharply bent inward just below the costa.Butterflies and Moths
William S. Furneaux
Mucrones: in Collembola the two small end pieces of the furcula, proceeding from the dentes.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
The coracoids are large, and the clavicles are nearly always united forming the furcula.
- any forklike part or organ, esp the fused clavicles (wishbone) of birds
C19: from Latin: a forked support for a wall, diminutive of furca fork
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