- an organ or part by means of which a spider, insect larva, or the like spins a silky thread for its web or cocoon.
- a metal plate or cup with tiny holes through which a chemical solution is extruded to form continuous filaments, as of rayon, nylon, or polyester.
Origin of spinneret
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Examples from the Web for spinneret
The silk is stiffened with a sort of gum as it comes out of the spinneret.Makers of Many Things
Eva March Tappan
The following are magnified figures of the spinneret of the Cossus, from Lyonnet.Insect Architecture
It is at once seized in the fangs, embraced by the legs and hung on to the spinneret.The Life of the Spider
J. Henri Fabre
The labium or second maxillæ, so large in the moth, serves simply as a spinneret in the caterpillar.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
When the Spider has laid her eggs, she begins to work her spinneret once more, but in a different manner.Insect Adventures
J. Henri Fabre
- any of several organs in spiders and certain insects through which silk threads are exuded
- a finely perforated dispenser through which a viscous liquid is extruded in the production of synthetic fibres
C18: from spinner + -et
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Word Origin and History for spinneret
"silk-spinning organ of a silkworm or spider," coined 1826, diminutive of spinner.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One of the small openings in the back part of a spider or silk-producing insect larva, through which the sticky fluid that dries into silk is released.
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