[ 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.


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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/ (hɔːˈstɛləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

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

Derived Forms

haustellate, 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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