Acicula



a needlelike part; spine, bristle, or needlelike crystal.
a plural of .
an .
Zoology. one of the slender, sharp stylets embedded in the parapodia of certain annelid worms, as the polychaetes.
Historical Examples

The banks of Aripo are not the only localities, nor is the acicula the only mollusc, by which pearls are furnished.
Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon J. Emerson Tennent

acicula lineata is a very small shell, the size of the Pupæ; mainly northern in distribution.
Our British Snails John William Horsley

noun (pl) -lae (-ˌliː)
a needle-shaped part, such as a spine, prickle, or crystal
noun (pl) -lums, -la (-lə)
a needle-like bristle that provides internal support for the appendages (chaetae) of some polychaete worms

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