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 (fyo͝o-nĭk′yə-ləs, fə-) also fu·ni·cle (fyo͞o′nĭ-kəl)
n. pl. fu·nic·u·li (-lī′) also fu·ni·cles
1. Anatomy A slender cordlike strand or band, especially:
a. A bundle of nerve fibers in a nerve trunk.
b. One of three major divisions of white matter in the spinal cord, consisting of fasciculi.
c. The umbilical cord.
2. Botany A stalk connecting an ovule or a seed with the placenta.

[Latin fūniculus, slender rope, diminutive of fūnis, rope.]


(Botany) botany the stalk that attaches an ovule or seed to the wall of the ovary. Also called: funiculus
[C17: from Latin fūniculus a thin rope, from fūnis rope]
funiculate adj
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Noun1.funicle - the stalk of a plant ovule or seedfunicle - the stalk of a plant ovule or seed  
stalk, stem - a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
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The antenna of the EGW adult female had 9 segments and it had a light brown color; the number of flagellomeres in the anellus, funicle and clava were 1, 3 and 3, respectively; the scape presented a slightly flattened column; the length of pedicel was 2 to 2.
The funicle had 4 segments and its 1st segment was shorter than the other segments; the clava had 3 segments that were thicker than those of the funicle, and with the length of the clava equaled the sum of the 2nd and 3rd funicular segments; the length and the width of 1st claval segment were equal; the transverse section of the 2nd claval segment was broader and the 3rd claval segment was contracted into a circular cone; there was 1 chaetica sensilla (Fig.
The MPS I was wider than the MPS II; almost all MPS I were attached to the surfaces of the funicle and the clava, and only the tips of MPS I sensilla were detached with the surfaces of their areas of distribution; the tip was round, blunt and thick with a smooth surface, and varied from 47.