furcula

[ fur-kyuh-luh ]
/ ˈfɜr kyə lə /

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.

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Origin of furcula

1855–60; <Latin: a forked prop. See fork, -ule

OTHER WORDS FROM furcula

fur·cu·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furcula

furcula

furculum (ˈfɜːkjʊləm)

/ (ˈfɜːkjʊlə) /

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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