- a stiff hair; bristle or bristlelike part.
Origin of seta
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We had great difficulty at the bridge of Seta, for it had fallen in.
Seta, a bristle, or a slender body or appendage resembling a bristle.The Elements of Botany
In most species the seta is serrated with distant teeth on one side.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
The latter was defeated at Seta in Ise, and killed in the midst of a rice-field by a stray arrow.Japan
In the higher forms a sterile foot and seta is present, and sterile cells or elaters occur with the spores.
- (in invertebrates and some plants) any bristle or bristle-like appendage
- (in mosses) the stalk of the sporophyte that bears the capsule
Word Origin for seta
plural setae, 1793, from Latin seta "bristle," from PIE root *sai- "to tie, bind" (see sinew). Related: Setaceous.
- A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part.
- A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part on an organism. Setae on the bodies of spiders are used as sensory organs, while setae on the bodies of many polychaete worms, such as earthworms, are used for locomotion. Microscopic setae on the feet of geckos allow adhesion to vertical surfaces.