Definition of hectocotylus in English:
noun (plural hectocotyli ˌhɛktə(ʊ)ˈkɒtɪlʌɪˌhɛktə(ʊ)ˈkɒtɪliː)Zoology
- In some species, the specialized arm tip may be pinched off and left in the female's mantle cavity: this is known as the hectocotylus arm.
- The hectocotylus is used to deliver the spermatophores (sperm-filled sacs) to the female during mating.
- In some cephalopods, the end of the hectocotylus snaps off and remains imbedded in the female.
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from hecto- 'hundred' + Greek kotulē 'hollow thing', a name given by Cuvier to what he mistakenly took to be a genus of parasitic worms.
- US English dictionary
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