noun, plural coch·le·ae [kok-lee-ee, -lee-ahy, koh-klee-ee, ‐klee-ahy] /ˈkɒk liˌi, -liˌaɪ, ˈkoʊ kliˌi, ‐kliˌaɪ/, coch·le·as. Anatomy.
Origin of cochlea
Examples from the Web for cochlea
To destroy the cochlear nerve, the whole of the cochlea should be removed.
Cochleatus is from cochlea, a snail, from resembling its shell.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
The lower part of the labyrinth is coiled like a snail shell, and is called the cochlea.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
It consists essentially of modified ephithelial cells floated upon the auditory epithelium, or basilar membrane, of the cochlea.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
My cochlea struck twelve noon and a HUD appeared with my weekly backup reminder.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for cochlea
noun plural -leae (-lɪˌiː)
Word Origin for cochlea
Word Origin and History for cochlea
"spiral cavity of the inner ear," 1680s, from Latin cochlea "snail shell," from Greek kokhlias "snail, screw," etc., from kokhlos "spiral shell," perhaps related to konkhos "mussel, conch."