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rostellum

[ ro-stel-uhm ]
/ rɒˈstɛl əm /
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noun, plural ros·tel·la [ro-stel-uh]. /rɒˈstɛl ə/.
Biology. any small, beaklike process.
Botany. a beaklike modification of the stigma in many orchids.
Zoology.
  1. a projecting part of the scolex in certain tapeworms.
  2. a part of the mouth in many insects, designed for sucking.
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Origin of rostellum

1750–60; <New Latin; Latin: little beak, snout, diminutive of rōstrum snout (see rostrum); for formation, see castellum
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British Dictionary definitions for rostellum

rostellum
/ (rɒˈstɛləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)
biology a small beaklike process, such as the hooked projection from the top of the head in tapeworms or the outgrowth from the stigma of an orchid

Derived forms of rostellum

rostellate or rostellar, adjective

Word Origin for rostellum

C18: from Latin: a little beak, from rōstrum a beak
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