American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gill or similar organ of respiration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gill or other organ having the same function.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) A gill; a respiratory organ for breathing the air contained in water, such as many aquatic and semiaquatic animals have.
- n. respiratory organ of aquatic animals that breathe oxygen dissolved in water
- Latin, from Greek brankhia, gills. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The orifice opens into the branchial cavity behind a conical lobe, which stands above the third foot in place of a branchia which is wanting in Ocypoda.”
“The two apertures lie just above the edge of the fold of membrane which runs from the inner root of the larger or outer branchia, across the branchial cavity and beneath the rectum, to the other side.”
“Tadpoles (after they have cast their branchia or gills), newts, and rock fish can be used to the extent of six to the gallon.”
“There are five branchia [l] arches, made up pharyngo -, epi - and cerato-branchials, and the ventral elements fuse in the middle line to form a common plate of cartilage.”
“This framework consists of a number of arches (placed in series one behind another) extending on each side of the throat upwards towards the back-bone, and supporting on their outer sides the gills or branchia, on which account they are called the branchial arches.”
“EACH of the lateral tufts of bristles a branchia, simple on a few of the foremost segments, and then strongly arborescent to the end of the body.”
“* dioper ton men ichthuon oudeis echei pneumona all 'anti toutou branchia kathaper eiretai en tois peri anapnoes; hudati gar poieitai ten katapsuxin, ta d' anapneonta echei pneumona anapnei de ta peza panta:  1”
“There are also two similar, but smaller, slits, contiguous to one another, near the root of the posterior branchia on each side, which lead to and may admit sea-water into the compartments containing the posterior cluster of the venous follicles. ”
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