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syrinx

Syllabification: syr·inx
Pronunciation: /ˈsiriNGks
 
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Definition of syrinx in English:

noun (plural syrinxes)

1A set of panpipes.
2 Ornithology The lower larynx or voice organ in birds, situated at or near the junction of the trachea and bronchi and well developed in songbirds.
Example sentences
  • They have a tracheobronchial syrinx with one pair of intrinsic muscles and modified bronchial and tracheal rings.
  • But the physical part of the syrinx in small songbirds is kind of similar from one bird to the next.
  • The muscles involved in the control of respiration, the syrinx, and movements of the beak are used during song, and all muscular activity requires energy.

Origin

early 17th century: via Latin from Greek surinx 'pipe, channel'.

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