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clo·a·ca

 (klō-ā′kə)
n. pl. clo·a·cae (-sē′)
1. A sewer or latrine.
2. Zoology
a. The common cavity that serves as the opening for the intestinal, genital, and urinary tracts in many vertebrates, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, monotremes, and some fishes.
b. The posterior part of the intestinal tract in various invertebrates.

[Latin cloāca, sewer, canal.]

clo·a′cal (-kəl) adj.

cloaca

(kləʊˈeɪkə)
n, pl -cae (-kiː)
1. (Zoology) a cavity in the pelvic region of most vertebrates, except higher mammals, and certain invertebrates, into which the alimentary canal and the genital and urinary ducts open
2. a sewer
[C18: from Latin: sewer; related to Greek kluzein to wash out]
cloˈacal, cloˈacaline, ˌcloaˈcinal adj

clo•a•ca

(kloʊˈeɪ kə)

n., pl. -cae (-sē).
1.
a. the common cavity into which the intestinal, urinary, and generative canals open in birds, reptiles, amphibians, many fishes, and certain mammals.
b. a similar cavity in invertebrates.
2. a sewer, esp. an ancient sewer.
[1650–60; < Latin clo(u)āca, cluāca sewer, drain]
clo•a′cal, adj.

clo·a·ca

(klō-ā′kə)
The body cavity into which the intestinal, urinary, and genital canals empty in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and the primitive mammals known as monotremes. The cloaca has an opening for expelling its contents from the body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloaca - (zoology) the cavity (in birds, reptiles, amphibians, most fish, and monotremes but not mammals) at the end of the digestive tract into which the intestinal, genital, and urinary tracts open
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
2.cloaca - a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface watercloaca - a waste pipe that carries away sewage or surface water
drainpipe, waste pipe, drain - a pipe through which liquid is carried away
sewage system, sewage works, sewer system - facility consisting of a system of sewers for carrying off liquid and solid sewage
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After working an hour I began to speculate on the distance one had to go before the cloaca was reached, the chances we had of missing it altogether.
John Lateran, the Campagna, the Appian Way, the Seven Hills, the Baths of Caracalla, the Claudian Aqueduct, the Cloaca Maxima--the eternal bore designed the Eternal City, and unless all men and books do lie, he painted every thing in it
The 1st century BC Bocca della Verita, or mouth of truth, probably covered up one of the holes leading to Rome's great sewer - the 6th century BC marvel that is the Cloaca Maxima.
The uterus was ligated at its junction with the cloaca with a 3-0 monofilament-absorbable suture (polydioxanone, PDS, Ethicon Inc, Somerville, NJ, USA) in a transfixing pattern, and removed.
She's not alone there, in church or cave, catacombs, or cloaca maxima where Sebastian was thrown.
One such text, about Wim Delvoye's food-consuming, feces-producing installation Cloaca, 2000, eventually appeared in Kunst Nu, the quarterly magazine of SMAK in Ghent.
To breed, the male forces his cloaca against the female's, so the sperm cells can be transferred.
In early fetal development, the ventral cloaca (precursor of the urinary bladder) is connected to the allantois via the urachus, which undergoes progressive involution, resulting in an obliterated, fibrous cord by 32 weeks' gestation.
Nevertheless, in CQ's Iconic Species Quest she dives deep into the river because her natural way of breathing through her cloaca embarrasses her.
In Devil's Icebox Cave, there is a very tight spot called the Cloaca.
Hidden inside the alligator's waste and reproductive orifice, known as a cloaca (which is Latin for "sewer"), was a nearly 2.