1. A stiff hairlike structure. 2. A pair of specialized sensory appendages on the 11th abdominal segment of most insects. [Mod. L., fr. G. kerkos, tail]

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cer·cus 'sər-kəs n, pl cer·ci 'sər-.sī, -.kī either of a pair of simple or segmented appendages at the posterior end of various arthropods

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cer·cus (surґkəs) pl. cerґci [L., from Gr. kerkos tail] a rigid bristle-like appendage near the tail of most insects and some other arthropods, with varying functions including mechanoreception and copulation.

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  • cercus — noun (plural cerci) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek kerkos Date: 1826 either of a pair of simple or segmented appendages at the posterior end of various arthropods that usually act as sensory organs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cercus — n.; pl. cerci [Gr. kerkos, tail] (ARTHROPODA) One of a pair of appendages that arise at the posterior of the abdomen of arthropods that function as sense organs; abdominal filaments; acrocercus; anal forceps; anal styles; anal stylets; caudal… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • cercus — cercal, adj. /serr keuhs, ker /, n., pl. cerci /serr suy, ker kee/. one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs. [1820 30; < NL < Gk kérkos tail] * * * …   Universalium

  • cercus — noun certain hair like sensory structures on some types of insects …   Wiktionary

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