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corbicula Line breaks: cor|bicula
Pronunciation: /kɔːˈbɪkjʊlə/

Definition of corbicula in English:

noun (plural corbiculae kɔːˈbɪkjʊliː)

Entomology
Another term for pollen basket.
Example sentences
  • The presence or absence of the corbiculae is a good way to determine the genus of female specimens.
  • She's loading pollen onto her corbiculae, hair-rimmed, basket-like structures on her back legs that hold the bright grains for transport to her colony.
  • She also has the ability to carry 2,000 to 3,000 pollen grains in her corbiculae.

Origin

Early 19th century: from late Latin.

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