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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.]
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(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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Abbreviations used are the following: F = antennal funicle segment; mps = multiporous plate sensillum or sensilla on the antennal flagellar segments (= longitudinal sensillum or sensilla or sensory ridge(s) of other authors).
The funicle has six antennomeres, the first being equal in length to the second and third together but wider than all the others; the second to sixth antennomeres are clearly wider than long and very compact.
Their gallery leading to some hard parts of the seed such as funicle, they are unable to open normally the exit hole poorly prepared by the larva.
The funicle aryl has already been described as efficient on the seeds dispersion, since its involves all the seed, allowing its fluctuation (Barroso, Amorim, Peixoto, & Ichaso, 1999).
australiensis, which are the more widespread species of the genus, by the proportions of funicle segments and color of the gaster, in the case of C.
The ovule is anatropous, presenting micropyle, funicle, inner and outer integument and nucellus in both floral types.
Body clothed with scales; head capsule developed, usually entire, frontal carina absent, frons indistinct or rarely concave; margin of mesocoxal cavity not composed by mesepisternum and mesepimeron, propleurae with or without depression for the reception of the anterior tarsi; funicle with 2nd and 3rd cylindrical, not triangular, antennal groove extending beyond the anterior half of the prosterno-pleural suture and deep enough to accommodate the rolled antennae.