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spinneret

[spin-uh-ret, spin-uh-ret] /ˈspɪn əˌrɛt, ˌspɪn əˈrɛt/
noun
1.
an organ or part by means of which a spider, insect larva, or the like spins a silky thread for its web or cocoon.
2.
a metal plate or cup with tiny holes through which a chemical solution is extruded to form continuous filaments, as of rayon, nylon, or polyester.
Origin of spinneret
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; spinner + -et
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Historical Examples
  • The silk is stiffened with a sort of gum as it comes out of the spinneret.

    Makers of Many Things Eva March Tappan
  • The following are magnified figures of the spinneret of the Cossus, from Lyonnet.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • It is at once seized in the fangs, embraced by the legs and hung on to the spinneret.

    The Life of the Spider J. Henri Fabre
  • The labium or second maxillæ, so large in the moth, serves simply as a spinneret in the caterpillar.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • When the Spider has laid her eggs, she begins to work her spinneret once more, but in a different manner.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • Each thread in turn is pulled at right angles at its middle, and then fastened by means of the creature's spinneret.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux
  • One draws out the thread from the spinneret, and passes it to the other, which lays it on the radius.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • This odd substance is made in an organ called the spinneret, at the very end of the spider's body.

  • The silk-glands whose ducts open on this spinneret are paired convoluted tubes lying alongside the elongate cylindrical stomach.

  • These last open at a small orifice in the labium termed the spinneret (fig. 2, 5).

British Dictionary definitions for spinneret

spinneret

/ˈspɪnəˌrɛt/
noun
1.
any of several organs in spiders and certain insects through which silk threads are exuded
2.
a finely perforated dispenser through which a viscous liquid is extruded in the production of synthetic fibres
Word Origin
C18: from spinner + -et
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Word Origin and History for spinneret
n.

"silk-spinning organ of a silkworm or spider," coined 1826, diminutive of spinner.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spinneret in Science
spinneret
  (spĭn'ə-rět')   
One of the small openings in the back part of a spider or silk-producing insect larva, through which the sticky fluid that dries into silk is released.
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