noun (plural antennae /-niː/)
- 1 Zoology Either of a pair of long, thin sensory appendages on the heads of insects, crustaceans, and some other arthropods: bugs use their antennae to detect blood heatMore example sentences
- 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 whipMore example sentences
- 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 also antennas) chiefly North American or • technical another term for aerial. a TV antennaMore example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of antennaDefinition of antenna in:
- The US English dictionary