[sen-sil-uh m]

noun, plural sen·sil·la [sen-sil-uh] /sɛnˈsɪl ə/.

Zoology. a simple sense organ usually consisting of one or a few cells at the peripheral end of a sensory nerve fiber.

Origin of sensillum

< New Latin (1895), equivalent to Latin sēns-, past participle stem of sentīre to sense + -ilum diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sensillum


noun plural -la (-lə)

a sense organ in insects, typically consisting of a receptor organ in the integument connected to sensory neurons

Word Origin for sensillum

New Latin, diminutive of Latin sensus sense (Middle Latin: sense organ)
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