[tel-suh n]


the last segment, or an appendage of the last segment, of certain arthropods, as the middle flipper of a lobster's tail.

Origin of telson

First recorded in 1850–55, telson is from the Greek word télson boundary, limit
Related formstel·son·ic [tel-son-ik] /tɛlˈsɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for telson



the last segment or an appendage on the last segment of the body of crustaceans and arachnids
Derived Formstelsonic (tɛlˈsɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for telson

C19: from Greek: a boundary; probably related to telos end
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Word Origin and History for telson

1855, from Greek telson "a limit" (see tele-).

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