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- n. A thin muscle attached to the testicles.
- n. In the pupae of certain species of butterfly, a hook-shaped protuberance from the rear of the chrysalis casing, by which the caterpillar fixes itself to the pad of silk it has cemented to the underside of a perch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thin muscle which serves to draw up the testicle.
- n. The apex of the last abdominal segment of an insect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The muscle of the spermatic cord; the suspensory muscle of the testicle, consisting of a series of fibers derived from the internal oblique muscle of the abdomen, and let down in loops upon the cord.
- n. In entomology, a name given by Kirby to little hook-like processes on the posterior extremity of many lepidopterous pupæ, by which they suspend themselves during pupation; hence, the tip of the abdomen of the pupa of any insect which undergoes complete metamorphosis, serving for the attachment of the pupa.
- n. A hook for hanging a pot or other vossel over a fire.
- Suspensory; pertaining to the cremaster: as, the cremaster muscle.
- n. In marsupials a muscle which compresses the mammary gland and forces the milk down the gullet of the young while in the pouch.
From Ancient Greek κρεμαστήρ ("suspender"). (Wiktionary)