noun, plural an·ten·nas for 1, an·ten·nae [an-ten-ee] /ænˈtɛn i/ for 2.
- antenna array,
- antennal gland,
Origin of antenna
Examples from the Web for antennae
At the end of the first dinner scene (where I said my most infamous line), he uses chopsticks like antennae to make me smile.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids|Mara Wilson|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are several long fins extending from the top of its head like antennae, and they may have lures at the end.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?|Kevin Bailey|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook recommends stripping off the antennae, limbs, and wings before baking them in the oven until crisp.Cicadas, Grasshoppers, Locusts, Ants Among the Tastiest Insects|Nina Strochlic|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He connected up the repaired apparatus with these antennae, and made sure all was well.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
In the genus Chlorippe the antennae are as long as the front wings are wide.
Holoptic: Diptera in which the eyes of male are contiguous between vertex and antennae: see dichoptic.
Antennal process: Diptera; the frontal protuberance upon which the antennae are inserted.
The distinguishing characteristics are found in the dwarfed, useless front legs and the absence of scales upon the antennae.
Word Origin for antenna
1640s, "feeler or horn of an insect," from Latin antenna "sail yard," the long yard that sticks up on some sails, of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *temp- "to stretch, extend." In the etymological sense, it is a loan-translation of Aristotle's Greek keraiai "horns" (of insects). Modern use in radio, etc., for "aerial wire" is from 1902. Adjectival forms are antennal (1834), antennary (1836), antennular (1858).