Definition of antenna in English:


Syllabification: an·ten·na
Pronunciation: /anˈtenə


  • 1 Zoology (plural antennae /-ˈtenē/) Either of a pair of long, thin sensory appendages on the heads of insects, crustaceans, and some other arthropods.
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    • Lurking in these holes, the ants grab the legs and antennae of unsuspecting insects.
    • In these fossils, detail of legs, antennae, wings, and even small body hairs are preserved.
    • The only appendages that all crustaceans have in common is two pairs of antennae.
  • 1.1 (antennae) The faculty of instinctively detecting and interpreting subtle signs: he has the political antennae of a party whip
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    • Though social barriers may have been lowered, our social antennae have not.
    • Abu Mustafa, whose antennae were particularly sensitive, said he didn't think it was a wonderful idea.
    • The subliminal message would have registered on the sensitive antennae of bible belt America, while agnostics would have noticed nothing.
  • 2 (plural antennas) chiefly North American or • technical A rod, wire, or other device used to transmit or receive radio or television signals.
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    • The interference involves a number of television antennas often used on boats.
    • Avoid contact with power lines connected to the house and with television antennas.
    • A closer look reveals unusual devices on its roof - satellite antennas to receive signals from space.



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  • A male would confront a female and attempt to grasp the female's antennae with its antennal clamps.
  • Moreover, a substantial proportion of the surviving hybrid males, but not the hybrid females, have antennal and leg deformities when reared under standard laboratory conditions at 29°.
  • Any one morphological structure in insects is usually highly polygenic, but still no morphological systematist today would think of proposing a phylogeny solely on the basis of a wing vein or an antennal segment.


mid 17th century: from Latin, alteration of antemna 'yard' (of a ship), used in the plural to translate Greek keraioi 'horns (of insects)', used by Aristotle.

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