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n. pl. fur·cu·lae (-lē′) Zoology
A forked part or bone, such as the wishbone of a bird. Also called fourchette.

[Latin, diminutive of furca, fork.]

fur′cu·lar adv.


(ˈfɜːkjʊlə) or


n, pl -lae (-ˌliː) , -la (-lə)
(Zoology) any forklike part or organ, esp the fused clavicles (wishbone) of birds
[C19: from Latin: a forked support for a wall, diminutive of furca fork]


(ˈfɜr kyə lə)

n., pl. -lae (-ˌli)
a forked bone; wishbone.
[1855–60; < Latin: a forked prop. See fork, -ule]
fur′cu•lar, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furcula - a forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles of most birdsfurcula - a forked bone formed by the fusion of the clavicles of most birds
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
wishbone, wishing bone - the furcula of a domestic fowl
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
References in classic literature ?
The size and shape of the apertures in the sternum are highly variable; so is the degree of divergence and relative size of the two arms of the furcula.
Skeletal elements of the animals present in Jaani graves at Vao bones teeth Furcula Coracoid Vertebrae Cranium Dog 1 10 3 Sheep/goat 1 14 1 Cattle 4 8 2 Pig 2 7 Horse 1 Seal Hare 1 1 Pine marten 1 Fox?