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  1. Entomology. a usually hooklike process on the posterior tip of a chrysalis, for attaching the pupa to a stem, twig, etc.
  2. Anatomy. the suspensory muscle of the testis.
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Origin of cremaster

1670–80; < Latin < Greek kremastḗr literally, suspender, akin to kremannýnai to hang
Related formscrem·as·te·ri·al [krem-uh-steer-ee-uh l] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɪər i əl/, crem·as·ter·ic [krem-uh-ster-ik] /ˌkrɛm əˈstɛr ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cremaster

Historical Examples

  • The cremaster is a characteristic structure in the pupa of a moth or butterfly.

    The Life-Story of Insects

    Geo. H. Carpenter

  • The cremaster, which is short, is bent upward at an oblique angle with the line of the ventral surface.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • Cremaster: a stout spine, process or hooked area at the hind end of pupae in Lepidoptera.

  • Crotchets: the curved spines or hooks on the prolegs of caterpillars and on the cremaster of pupae.

  • The pupa is fastened to this pad by a spiny hook or process, the cremaster (fig. 23 cr), on the last abdominal segment.

    The Life-Story of Insects

    Geo. H. Carpenter