noun (plural corbiculae /-yəlē/ /-yəˌlī/)Entomology
Another term for pollen basket.
- 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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