telson

[ tel-suh n ]
/ ˈtɛl sən /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM telson

tel·son·ic [tel-son-ik] /tɛlˈsɒn ɪk/, adjective
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telson
/ (ˈtɛlsən) /

noun

the last segment or an appendage on the last segment of the body of crustaceans and arachnids

Derived forms of telson

telsonic (tɛlˈsɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for telson

C19: from Greek: a boundary; probably related to telos end
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