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syrinx Line breaks: syr¦inx
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪrɪŋks/

Definition of syrinx in English:

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.
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.


Pronunciation: /sɪˈrɪn(d)ʒɪəl/
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.


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

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