- Latin, diminutive of Latin furca a fork. (Wiktionary)
“They lack true eyes, do not possess wings and have, protruding from their abdomens, a "spring tail," called a furculum, (after the Latin word for fork) which is held in place by two tiny hooks.”
“The reason for this is that the natural neck, being carried between the clavicles forming the furculum or "merry-thought," is bent downward and forward between them when perching (see Fig. 22); hence the artificial neck must imitate nature so far as that, when inserted in the skin, it may be also bent forward and downward, and afterwards thrown back on the body in a natural position.”
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
“The furculum, pelvis, and bones of the tail are in their natural position.”
“The furculum, or merry-thought, which is entire, marks the fore part of the trunk; the ischium, scapula, and most of the wing and leg bones are preserved, and there are impressions of the quill feathers and of down on the body.”
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