[ fyoo-nik-yuh-luhs ]
/ fyuˈnɪk yə ləs /
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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(s) rope, line + -culus-cule1
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How to use funiculus in a sentence
When Funiculi Funiculà was over he sat on the wooden chair provided for him and wiped his face.The Belovd Vagabond|William J. Locke
There are two funiculi, both connecting the pyloric part of the stomach with the endocyst.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa|Nelson Annandale
Funiculi funicula Vincente y Blasco Ibanez vermicelli sul campo della gloria risotto!The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
In other cases no traces of ovules are visible, but the funiculi are in a foliaceous condition.
Moquin also alludes to a case of the same nature in Cortusa Mathioli, in which the funiculi bore little rounded leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for funiculus
/ (fjuːˈnɪkjʊləs) /
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
anatomy a cordlike part or structure, esp a small bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
a variant of funicle
Word Origin for funiculus
C17: from Latin; see funicle
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Scientific definitions for funiculus
[ fyu-nĭk′yə-ləs ]
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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