noun, plural fur·cu·lae [fur-kyuh-lee] /ˈfɜr kyəˌli/.

the forked clavicular bone of a bird; wishbone.
the ventral, forked appendage on the abdomen of a springtail that the insect uses in springing itself into the air.

Origin of furcula

1855–60; < Latin: a forked prop. See fork, -ule
Related formsfur·cu·lar, adjective


[fur-kyuh-luh m]

noun, plural fur·cu·la [fur-kyuh-luh] /ˈfɜr kyə lə/.

Origin of furculum

From New Latin
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furculum (ˈfɜːkjʊləm)

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː) or -la (-lə)

any forklike part or organ, esp the fused clavicles (wishbone) of birds

Word Origin for furcula

C19: from Latin: a forked support for a wall, diminutive of furca fork
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