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book lung

n.
One of the paired saccular respiratory organs found in some arachnids, such as scorpions and spiders, consisting of several parallel membranous folds arranged like the pages in a book.

book′ lung`


n.
the respiratory organ of many arachnids, composed of thin, paperlike layers of tissue.
[1895–1900]

book lung

(bo͝ok)
The breathing organ of scorpions, spiders, and some other arachnids. It consists of membranes arranged in several parallel folds like the pages of a book.
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Noun1.book lung - organ in many arachnids containing many thin folds of membrane resembling the leaves of a book
respiratory organ - any organ involved in the process of respiration
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Breathing, or gas exchange, takes place in folded, accordion-pleated, tissue called booklungs.
Evidence for terrestriality in mesoscorpions was provided by demonstration of booklungs in Pulmonoscorpius Jeram, 1994 from early Carboniferous strata of East Kirkton in Scotland (Jeram 1990, 1994).