[ fyoo-nik-yuh-luhs ]
/ fyuˈnɪk yə ləs /
noun, plural fu·nic·u·li [fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy]. /fyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/.
Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.
Botany. a funicle.
Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.
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Origin of funiculus
1655–65; <Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni
) rope, line + -culus-cule1
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Example sentences from the Web for funiculus
When Funiculi Funiculà was over he sat on the wooden chair provided for him and wiped his face.
There are two funiculi, both connecting the pyloric part of the stomach with the endocyst.
Funiculi funicula Vincente y Blasco Ibanez vermicelli sul campo della gloria risotto!
In other cases no traces of ovules are visible, but the funiculi are in a foliaceous condition.
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
Word Origin for funiculus
C17: from Latin; see funicle
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n. pl. fu•nic•u•li (-lī′)
A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
The umbilical cord.
Other words from funiculusfu•nic′u•lar (-lər) adj.
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Plural funiculi (fyu-nĭk′yə-lī)
A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta (the ovary wall). In some plants, the funiculus develops into a fleshy seed covering called an aril.
A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.
The umbilical cord.
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