Definition of cribellum in English:


Syllabification: cri·bel·lum
Pronunciation: /kriˈbeləm

noun (plural cribella /-ˈbelə/)

(In some spiders) an additional spinning organ with numerous fine pores, situated in front of the spinnerets.
More 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.


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



Pronunciation: /ˈkribələt, -ˌlāt/
More 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.

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