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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.
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(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]
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(ˈfɜr kyə lə)

n., pl. -lae (-ˌli)
a forked bone; wishbone.
[1855–60; < Latin: a forked prop. See fork, -ule]
fur′cu•lar, adj.
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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
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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. The proportional width of the gape of mouth, the proportional length of the eyelids, of the orifice of the nostrils, of the tongue (not always in strict correlation with the length of beak), the size of the crop and of the upper part of the oesophagus; the development and abortion of the oil-gland; the number of the primary wing and caudal feathers; the relative length of wing and tail to each other and to the body; the relative length of leg and of the feet; the number of scutellae on the toes, the development of skin between the toes, are all points of structure which are variable.
5 In avian anatomy, what common name is given to the furcula, a part of the skeleton which evolved by fusion of the two clavicles to allow for flight?
Women generally experience wounds in vaginal furcula and the labia minor.
The wishbone or furcula is flexible and stores energy released during the wing stroke.
The furcula (clavicles) is fused to the most cranial and ventral aspect of the sternum.
He also had lower-limb edema, enlarged lymph nodes of the right groin, neck, and sternal furcula. A cervical lymph-node biopsy showed non-specific chronic inflammation.
Antennal segments 1 to 3, head, body, legs to tibiotarsus, collophore scales only on posterior face, and ventral face of furcula.
Furthermore, it has also been reported that the common carotid artery gives rise to the oesophageal branch in the Eurasian bittern (Erdogan, 2012) and to the mesoesophageal artery at the level of the furcula, as indicated by Glenny (1944, 1945a, 1948a, 1953a).
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?
Se examino para determinar la presencia de grasa subcutanea en furcula, flancos y abdomen con las siguientes categorias: sin grasa (nivel 0); grasa baja (1); grasa moderadas (2); y grasa abundante (3) (NORTH AMERICAN BANDING COUNCIL, 2001) (Fig.
(Walker) ** Lophyrocera variabilis HP, HA, IS Torrens, Heraty & Fidalgo Neolirata alta (Walker) HP, IS Neolirata Torrens Neolirata daguerrei HP, IS & Heraty (Gemignani) Neolirata furcula ?