Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various tubular structures from which spiders and certain insect larvae, such as silkworms, secrete the silk threads from which they form webs or cocoons.
  • n. A device for making rayon, nylon, and other synthetic fibers, consisting of a plate pierced with holes through which plastic material is extruded in filaments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The organ a spider uses to spin its web.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the special jointed organs situated on the under side, and near the end, of the abdomen of spiders, by means of which they spin their webs. Most spiders have three pairs of spinnerets, but some have only two pairs. The ordinary silk line of the spider is composed of numerous smaller lines jointed after issuing from the spinnerets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part or organ concerned in the spinning of silk, gossamer, or cobweb, as of a silkworm or spider.

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Examples

  • The transgenic cloning of the spinneret structures let us fine tune the fibers we were making through electrode stimulation.

    Eight Maids a'Milking

  • This spinneret creates the silk that is needed for the caterpillar to spin a cocoon in which it will pupate.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • The head is distinct and bears a ring of ocelli (simple eyes), shortened antennae, chewing mouthparts, and a spinneret.

    Insecta (Aquatic)

  • All freshwater nematodes bear a spinneret at the tip of their hind end that secretes a sticky mucous which anchors the worm in place whether it be a on rock or inside an intestine.

    Nematoda

  • And did you know that if the viscose as it is called is extruded through a spinneret the resulting fiber is rayon.

    Duh

  • Add in that Peter doesn't even get spider-spinneret organs to "feel" subconsiously and the whole idea is just ludicrous.

    Snark Free Corner for 12/10 | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

  • When she stopped moving, Jelly dropped away from her spinneret.

    The Realms of the Gods

  • Fibers are manufactured by forcing a melted or dissolved polymer through the very fine holes of a spinneret.

    Body of Evidence

  • Cross-sectionally, the resulting filaments, or fibers, will be the same shape as the spinneret holes, just as a line of toothpaste will be the same cross-sectional shape as the opening in the tube it was squeezed through.

    Body of Evidence

  • A series of bright pink bows knotted several of the scarves together and decorated the spinneret area.

    The Hour of the Gate

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