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

  • n. Variant of funiculus.

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  • n. the stalk or stem of an ovule or seed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small cord, ligature, or fiber.
  • n. The little stalk that attaches a seed to the placenta.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small cord; a small ligature; a fiber.
  • n. In entomology, the part of the antenna between the scape and the club. Also funicule.
  • n. In anatomy, same as funiculus, 5 .
  • n. In bot.: The stalk of an ovule or seed. See cut in preceding column.
  • n. In Nidulariaceæ among fungi, a pedicel attaching the peridiolum to the inner surface of the wall of the peridium. Also funiculus.
  • n. The central connecting process in those colonies of graptolites which bear no thecæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the stalk of a plant ovule or seed


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From Latin fūniculus ("cord"), diminutive from fūnis ("cord") + -culus.


  • This happens when the fruit is in the tree crown and the seeds are still attached to the inner fruit wall by a cord called a funicle, which, in turn, is surrounded by a fleshy, white outgrow called an aril.

    Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae) in the New World

  • A bright-orange ribbon, known as a funicle, attaches each seed to the pod.

    Chapter 5

  • Ovular characters determine the grouping in the Dicotyledons, van Tieghem supporting the view that the integument, the outer if there be two, is the lamina of a leaf of which the funicle is the petiole, whilst the nucellus is an outgrowth of this leaf, and the inner integument, if present, an indusium.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • The straight line does not correspond with the funicle, which is not straight, but is pushed up in a curved form against the upper edge of the cell.

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • As Mesorhopella but golden, antenna short, capitate, club equal funicle, funicles transverse.

    Appellation spring

  • Suzanna's a funicle man cho: Sing lassy go rings below

    Suzanna's a Funicle Man

  • I learned t this with the title 'Suzanna's a funicle man'.

    The Old Sow (2)

  • Each seed is encircled by a long red, yellow or orange funicle.

    Chapter 41

  • The colorful funicle seems to attract ants and birds, and this may help to disperse the seed.

    Chapter 5

  • Acacia auriculiformis looks much like Acacia aulacocarpa and Acacia crassicarpa (see below), but the fine veins of the phyllodes are anastomose (interconnected), the pods are narrower and more undulate than those of Acacia aulacocarpa, and the funicle encircles each seed.

    Chapter 8


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