[ haw-stel-uh m ]
/ hɔˈstɛl əm /

noun, plural haus·tel·la [haw-stel-uh] /hɔˈstɛl ə/.

(in certain crustaceans and insects) an organ or part of the proboscis adapted for sucking blood or plant juices.


Nearby words

  1. haussmann, georges eugène, baron,
  2. haussmannization,
  3. haust.,
  4. haustella,
  5. haustellate,
  6. haustoria,
  7. haustorium,
  8. haustration,
  9. haustrum,
  10. haut

Origin of haustellum

1810–20; < New Latin, diminutive of Latin haustrum scoop on a water wheel, equivalent to haus-, variant stem of haurīre to scoop up, draw + -trum suffix of instrument; for formation, see castellum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for haustellum


/ (hɔːˈstɛləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

the tip of the proboscis of a housefly or similar insect, specialized for sucking food
Derived Formshaustellate, adjective

Word Origin for haustellum

C19: New Latin, diminutive of Latin haustrum device for drawing water, from haurīre to draw up; see exhaust

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