Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spinning organ having many fine pores, situated in front of the spinners in some spiders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A peculiar perforated organ of certain spiders (Ciniflonidæ), used for spinning a special kind of silk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An additional or accessory spinning-organ of certain spiders. Also cribrellum.

Etymologies

From Latin cribellum, diminutive of cribrum ‘sieve’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The researchers, led by Lei Jiang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, looked at the silk made by the cribellate spider (Uloborus walckenaerius), which uses a little comb, or cribellum, to separate fibres and spin them into various kinds.

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