funiculus

[fyoo-nik-yuh-luh s]
noun, plural fu·nic·u·li [fyoo-nik-yuh-lahy] /fyuˈnɪk yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. Anatomy. a conducting cord, as a nerve cord or umbilical cord.
  2. Botany. a funicle.
  3. Entomology. (in certain insects) the portion of the antenna between the basal segments and the club.

Origin of funiculus

1655–65; < Latin: small rope, cord, equivalent to fūni(s) rope, line + -culus -cule1
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Examples from the Web for funiculi

Historical Examples of funiculi

  • Funiculi, Funicula—it seemed to dance with the very spirit of joyousness.

  • In other cases no traces of ovules are visible, but the funiculi are in a foliaceous condition.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Moquin also alludes to a case of the same nature in Cortusa Mathioli, in which the funiculi bore little rounded leaves.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Funiculi funicula Vincente y Blasco Ibanez vermicelli sul campo della gloria risotto!

  • When Funiculi Funiculà was over he sat on the wooden chair provided for him and wiped his face.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke


British Dictionary definitions for funiculi

funiculus

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
  2. a variant of funicle

Word Origin for funiculus

C17: from Latin; see funicle
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funiculi in Medicine

funiculus

[fyu-nĭkyə-ləs, fə-]
n. pl. fu•nic•u•li (-lī′)
  1. A slender cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
  2. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
  3. The umbilical cord.
Related formsfu•nicu•lar (-lər) adj.
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funiculi in Science

funiculus

[fyu-nĭkyə-ləs]
Plural funiculi (fyu-nĭkyə-lī)
  1. 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.
  2. A slender, cordlike strand or band, especially a bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
  3. Any of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord.
  4. The umbilical cord.
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