[ sahy-fuhng-kuh l ]
/ ˈsaɪ fʌŋ kəl /


(in a nautilus) the connecting tube that passes from the end of the body through all of the septa to the innermost chamber.
Entomology. an aphid cornicle.

Nearby words

  1. siphonapterous,
  2. siphonic,
  3. siphono-,
  4. siphonophore,
  5. siphonostele,
  6. sipid,
  7. sipidity,
  8. siple,
  9. sippar,
  10. sipper

Origin of siphuncle

1895–1900; < Latin sīp(h)unculus small tube through which water is forced, equivalent to sīp(h)ōn-, stem of sīp(h)ō siphon + -culus -cule1 (see carbuncle)

Related formssi·phun·cu·lar, si·phun·cu·late [sahy-fuhng-kyuh-lit] /saɪˈfʌŋ kyə lɪt/, si·phun·cu·lat·ed [sahy-fuhng-kyuh-ley-tid] /saɪˈfʌŋ kyəˌleɪ tɪd/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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