Hectocotyli
Hectocotylus Hec`to*cot"y*lus, n.; pl. {Hectocotyli}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a hundred + ? a hollow vessel.] (Zo["o]l.) One of the arms of the male of most kinds of cephalopods, which is specially modified in various ways to effect the fertilization of the eggs. In a special sense, the greatly modified arm of Argonauta and allied genera, which, after receiving the spermatophores, becomes detached from the male, and attaches itself to the female for reproductive purposes. [1913 Webster]

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  • Hectocotylus — Hec to*cot y*lus, n.; pl. {Hectocotyli}. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a hundred + ? a hollow vessel.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the arms of the male of most kinds of cephalopods, which is specially modified in various ways to effect the fertilization of the eggs. In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Böttger's Argonaut — Taxobox name = Böttger s Argonaut image caption = Eggcase of Argonauta bottgeri regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Cephalopoda ordo = Octopoda familia = Argonautidae genus = Argonauta species = A. bottgeri binomial = Argonauta bottgeri …   Wikipedia

  • hectocotylus — /hek teuh kot l euhs/, n., pl. hectocotyli / kot l uy /. Zool. a modified arm of the male of certain cephalopods that is used to transfer sperm to the female. [1850 55; < NL, equiv. to hecto HECTO + cotylus < Gk kotýle cup] * * * …   Universalium

  • hectocotylus — [ˌhɛktə(ʊ) kɒtɪləs] noun (plural hectocotyli lʌɪ, li:) Zoology a modified arm used by male octopuses and some other cephalopods to transfer sperm to the female. Origin C19: mod. L., from hecto + Gk kotulē hollow thing …   English new terms dictionary

  • hectocotylus — /hɛktoʊˈkɒtələs/ (say hektoh kotuhluhs) noun (plural hectocotyli /hɛktoʊˈkɒtəlaɪ/ (say hektoh kotuhluy), /hɛktoʊˈkɒtəli/ (say hektoh kotuhlee)) a modified tentacle of the male of certain cephalopods which is used to transfer sperm into the female …   Australian English dictionary

  • hectocotylus — [hek΄tō kät′ l əs] n. pl. hectocotyli [hek΄tə kät′ lī΄] [ModL < HECTO + Gr kotylē, a hollow, cavity] a specific arm of a male octopus, cuttlefish, or other cephalopod, which becomes modified at sexual maturity so that it can transfer sperm to… …   English World dictionary

  • hectocotyliferous — |hektəˌkäd.əl|if(ə)rəs adjective Etymology: New Latin hectocotylus + English i + ferous : bearing hectocotyli …   Useful english dictionary

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