Definitions

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

  • n. Anatomy A slender cordlike strand or band, especially:
  • n. Anatomy A bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
  • n. Anatomy One of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
  • n. Anatomy The umbilical cord.
  • n. Botany A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several cordlike structures, especially the umbilical cord, or a bundle of nerve fibres in the spinal cord
  • n. A stalk that connects the seed (or ovule) with the placenta

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cord, baud, or bundle of fibers; esp., one of the small bundles of fibers, of which large nerves are made up; applied also to different bands of white matter in the brain and spinal cord.
  • n.
  • n. A short cord which connects the embryo of some myriapods with the amnion.
  • n. In Bryozoa, an organ extending back from the stomach. See Bryozoa, and Phylactolema.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small rope or cord.
  • n. In early German land-law, a cord or slender rope with which land was measured.
  • n. In old physics, a self-contracting ether, assumed by some of those who rejected the doctrine of the elasticity of the air.
  • n. In botany, same as funicle, 4.
  • n. In anat.: The navel-string or umbilical cord, connecting the fetus with the placenta, and so with the parent. Also funis and funicle.
  • n. One of the smaller bundles of a nerve which are inclosed in a special sheath of neurilemma or perineurium. See nerve.
  • n. In Polyzoa, the gastroparietal band or ligament connecting the alimentary eanal with the wall of the endocyst. See cut under Plumatella.
  • n. In Myriapoda, a cord connecting the anal end of the embryo with the so-called amnion.
  • n. In entomology, that part of the flagellum of the antenna which is between the pedicel and the club; the funicle: used especially of hymenopterous insects. Also funicule.
  • n. In Protozoa, specifically, the filament or slender thread which connects the several nodules of a compound endoplast, as the component nuclear masses in such infusorians as Loxodes and Loxophyllum. Saville Kent.
  • n. Same as Funiculina

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

  • n. the stalk of a plant ovule or seed
  • n. any of several body structure resembling a cord

Etymologies

Latin fūniculus, slender rope, diminutive of fūnis, rope.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fūniculus ("cord"), diminutive from fūnis ("cord") + -culus. (Wiktionary)

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