Definition of cribellum in English:

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Pronunciation: /krəˈbeləm/

noun (plural cribella /-ˈbelə/)

(In some spiders) an additional spinning organ with numerous fine pores, situated in front of the spinnerets.
Example sentences
  • The cribellum is a cigar-shaped plate on the underside of the abdomen, in front of the spinnerets.
  • Six spinnerets with different types of spigots and a specialised spinning organ called the cribellum.
  • Cribellate silk is combed out from the cribellum using the calamistrum, a group of specialized, curved setae on the metatarsus of the fourth leg.



Pronunciation: /ˈkribələt/ Pronunciation: /-ˌlāt/
Example sentences
  • Many of the cribellate species are distinctly arboreal, building their small webs on branch tips.
  • Classification of the cribellate spiders and some allied families.
  • This month we have something totally different - a cribellate species, Amaurobius similis.


Late 19th century: from late Latin, diminutive of cribrum 'sieve'.

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Syllabification: cri·bel·lum

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