cercal


< /ˈsɜr saɪ, ˈkɛr ki/.

  1. one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs.

adjective zoology

  1. of or relating to a tail
  2. of or relating to the cerci

noun plural -ci (-siː)

  1. one of a pair of sensory appendages at the tip of the abdomen of some insects and other arthropods

n. pl. cer•ci (sûr′sī, -kī)

  1. A stiff hairlike structure.
  2. Either of a pair of terminal, dorsolateral sensory appendages of certain insects, such as the female mosquito.

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