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furcula Line breaks: fur|cula
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːkjʊlə/

Definition of furcula in English:

noun (plural furculaeˈfəːkjʊliː)

1The wishbone of a bird.
Example sentences
  • Among other features, birds have a structure that they share with dromaeosaurs: a fused clavicle called the furcula, which serves as a brace during the flight stroke.
  • I would like to see if the furcula, or wishbone, is present.
  • Well, it is actually a wishbone, the furcula is the wishbone and it is made up of the clavicles fused together in the middle.
2The forked appendage at the end of the abdomen in a springtail, by which the insect jumps.


Example sentences
  • To obtain each fat sample, birds were anesthetized by intramuscular injection with ketamine-rompun and a 2 mm incision was made in the skin overlying the furcular cavity.
  • Wing chord length, weight, and a furcular fat score were also determined.
  • We detected no differences in the composition of fatty acids in furcular fat, subcutaneous fat, and intraperitoneal fat.


Mid 19th century: from Latin, diminutive of furca 'fork'.

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