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.
- fur·cu·lar, adjective
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How to use furcula in a sentence
The coracoids are large, and the clavicles are nearly always united forming the furcula.The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
The extremities of the furcula, where articulated to the coracoids, vary considerably in outline.
The size and shape of the perforations in the sternum, and the size and divergence of the arms of the furcula, differ.
In a pouter, the furcula had not been lengthened proportionally with the increased length of the body.
The furcula is large, and the scapula has a well developed acromion.The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for furcula
any forklike part or organ, esp the fused clavicles (wishbone) of birds
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