noun, plural fren·u·la [fren-yuh-luh] /ˈfrɛn yə lə/.
Anatomy, Zoology. a small frenum.
Entomology. a strong spine or group of bristles on the hind wing of many butterflies and moths, projecting beneath the forewing and serving to hold the two wings together in flight.
Origin of frenulum
Related formsfren·u·lar, adjective
From New Latin,
dating back to 1890–95;
see origin at frenum
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Examples from the Web for frenulum
Historical Examples of frenulum
Several of the families in this group have lost the frenulum.
Connected with this organ is a small tough membrane or ligament called the frenum which corresponds to the frenulum of the male.
In butterflies there is no frenulum, but a costal outgrowth of the 466 hindwing subserves the same function.
The Lasiocampidae, together with a few small families, differ from the majority of this group in wanting a frenulum.
The maxillae are well developed, the hindwing has a frenulum, and its sub-costal nervure touches the radial near the base.
British Dictionary definitions for frenulum
noun plural -la (-lə)
a strong bristle or group of bristles on the hind wing of some moths and other insects, by which the forewing and hind wing are united during flight
a small fraenum
Word Origin for frenulum
C18: New Latin, diminutive of Latin frēnum bridle
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n. pl. fren•u•la (-lə)
A small frenum or band of fibrous material.
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