Definition of syrinx in English:

syrinx

Line breaks: syr¦inx
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪrɪŋks
 
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noun (plural syrinxes)

  • 1A set of pan pipes.
  • 2 Ornithology The lower larynx or voice organ in birds, situated at or near the junction of the trachea and bronchi and well developed in songbirds.
    More example sentences
    • They have a tracheobronchial syrinx with one pair of intrinsic muscles and modified bronchial and tracheal rings.
    • But the physical part of the syrinx in small songbirds is kind of similar from one bird to the next.
    • The muscles involved in the control of respiration, the syrinx, and movements of the beak are used during song, and all muscular activity requires energy.

Derivatives

syringeal

Pronunciation: /sɪˈrɪn(d)ʒɪəl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Complex learned vocalizations have evolved in three different groups (parrots, hummingbirds, and oscines), despite syringeal differences among groups.
  • Past workers have hypothesized a close association between Myiobius and Onychorhynchus based on these syringeal and plumage characters.
  • Air is pushed out of the bird's lungs and through the syringeal muscles, which the bird can squeeze almost shut until they vibrate like a trumpeter's lips.

Origin

early 17th century: via Latin from Greek surinx 'pipe, channel'.

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