cercus [sʉr′kəs]
pl. cerci [sʉr′sī΄] [ModL < Gr kerkos, tail]
either of a pair of usually jointed, feelerlike appendages at the hind end of the abdomen of many insects

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  • cercus — cercal, adj. /serr keuhs, ker /, n., pl. cerci /serr suy, ker kee/. one of a pair of appendages at the rear of the abdomen of certain insects and other arthropods, serving as tactile organs. [1820 30; < NL < Gk kérkos tail] * * * …   Universalium

  • cercus — noun certain hair like sensory structures on some types of insects …   Wiktionary

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