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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of a pair of terminal, dorsolateral sensory appendages of certain insects, such as the female mosquito.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. certain hair-like sensory structures on some types of insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See cercopod.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, one of the feelers which project from the hinder parts of some insects; one of the more or less antenniform appendages of some insects, the anal limbs or anal forceps (also called anal cerci), usually jointed, as in the cockroach.
  • n. In anatomy, a bristle or bristle-like structure.
  • n. [cap. (Latreille, 1796.)] A genus of clavicorn beetles, of the family Nitidulidæ.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek kerkos, tail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin cercus, from Ancient Greek κέρκος (kerkos, "tail"). (Wiktionary)

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