[ sur-kuhs, ker- ]
/ ˈsɜr kəs, ˈkɛr- /
noun, plural cer·ci [sur-sahy, ker-kee]. /ˈsɜr saɪ, ˈkɛr ki/.
one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs.
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Origin of cercus
1820–30; <New Latin <Greek kérkos tail
OTHER WORDS FROM cercuscercal, adjective
Words nearby cercus
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British Dictionary definitions for cercus
/ (ˈsɜːkəs) /
noun plural -ci (-siː)
one of a pair of sensory appendages at the tip of the abdomen of some insects and other arthropods
Word Origin for cercus
C19: from New Latin, from Greek kerkos tail
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Medical definitions for cercus
[ sûr′kəs ]
n. pl. cer•ci (sûr′sī, -kī)
A stiff hairlike structure.
Either of a pair of terminal, dorsolateral sensory appendages of certain insects, such as the female mosquito.
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