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cercus

Pronunciation: ser′kŭs, ker′kŭs

Definition:

  1. A stiff hairlike structure.
  2. A pair of specialized sensory appendages on the 11th abdominal segment of most insects.

[Mod. L., fr. G. kerkos, tail]

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