Definition of corbicula in English:


Syllabification: cor·bic·u·la
Pronunciation: /kôrˈbikyələ

noun (plural corbiculae /-yəlē, -yəˌlī/)

  • another term for pollen basket.
    More example sentences
    • The presence or absence of the corbiculae is a good way to determine the genus of female specimens.
    • She's loading pollen onto her corbiculae, hair-rimmed, basket-like structures on her back legs that hold the bright grains for transport to her colony.
    • She also has the ability to carry 2,000 to 3,000 pollen grains in her corbiculae.


early 19th century: from late Latin.

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