from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Biology A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part on an organism.
- n. Biology The stalk of a moss capsule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bristle or hair
- n. The stalk of a moss sporangium, or occasionally in a liverwort.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any slender, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ or part; as the hairs of a caterpillar, the slender spines of a crustacean, the hairlike processes of a protozoan, the bristles or stiff hairs on the leaves of some plants, or the pedicel of the capsule of a moss.
- n. One of the movable chitinous spines or hooks of an annelid. They usually arise in clusters from muscular capsules, and are used in locomotion and for defense. They are very diverse in form.
- n. One of the spinelike feathers at the base of the bill of certain birds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology and anatomy, a bristle; a chæta; a stiff, stout hair; a fine, slender spine or prickle; any setaceous appendage.
- n. In botany, a bristle of any sort; a stiff hair; a slender, straight prickle; also, the stalk that supports the theca, capsule, or sporangium of mosses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stalk of a moss capsule
- n. a stiff hair or bristle
Latin saeta, sēta, bristle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin seta, from saeta. (Wiktionary)