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/fyo͝oˈnikyələs/ Noun, pl. funiculi or funicles (Anatomy) 1. Any of several cordlike structures, especially the umbilical cord, or a bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord. ( 2. In neurology, a bundle of nerve fibers. ( 3. The umbilical cord attaching a fetus to the placenta during pregnancy. ( 4. The spermatic cord (Funiculus spermaticus). ( (Entomology) 1. In insect antennae, the segment connecting the club with the base. ( (Mycology) 1. The cord which attaches the peridioles (the “eggs”) to the peridium (the “nest”) in some species of the bird’s nest fungi. ( (Botany) 1. A stalk that connects the seed (or ovule) with the placenta. ( 2. The stalk attaching an ovule to the ovary wall in a flower or fruit. ( Word origin: Latin funiculus for “slender rope,” diminutive from fūnis (“cord”) +...

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/ˈfyo͞ozəˌfôrm/ Adjective 1. Tapering at both ends; spindle-shaped. (Google Dictionary) 2. Shaped like a spindle with yarn spinned on it; having round or roundish cross-section and tapering at each end. ( 3. Spindle-shaped, that is being wide in the middle while narrowing or tapering at both ends. ( 4. A body shape common to many aquatic animals, characterized by being tapered at both the head and the tail. ( Syn: spindle-shaped, cigar-shaped Word origin: From Latin fusus (“spindle”) +...

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