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n. pl. se·tae (-tē)
1. A stiff hair, bristle, or bristlelike process or part on an organism, especially an invertebrate.
2. The stalk of a moss or liverwort capsule.

[Latin saeta, sēta, bristle.]

se′tal (sēt′l) adj.


n, pl -tae (-tiː)
1. (Biology) (in invertebrates and some plants) any bristle or bristle-like appendage
2. (Botany) (in mosses) the stalk of the sporophyte that bears the capsule
[C18: from Latin]
setaceous adj
seˈtaceously adv
ˈsetal adj


(ˈsi tə)

n., pl. -tae (-tē).
a stiff hair; bristle or bristlelike part.
[1785–95; < Latin sēta, saeta bristle]
se′tal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seta - stalk of a moss capsule
podetium - an organ or body resembling a stalk; especially the outgrowth of the thallus of certain lichens on which the ascocarp is borne
2.seta - a stiff hair or bristle
hair - a filamentous projection or process on an organism
chaeta - a stiff chitinous seta or bristle especially of an annelid worm
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Head tubercle (DL + L + So) with 11 setae; seta D not fused with tubercle Af; seta O present or absent; seta A slightly shorter than seta B (Figs.
1c-e) ovate, about twice as long as wide; with six setae as follows (seta I lost): seta II and III vestigial, situated laterally on distal half of ramus; seta IV well-developed, displaced dorsally close to vestigial setae II and III; apical seta V longest; inner seta VI arising distally; dorsal seta VII arising medially, articulated basally.
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5 the length of gonocoxite, without subterminal fine seta and four spiniform setae present; paramere simple, apex rounded and without isolated setae near the middle on dorsal margin; ejaculatory ducts simple; lateral lobe thin.
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Della Seta discusses the composer's misgivings and musical reconsiderations as voiced in letters to Giulio Ricordi and Arrigo Boito, and then reproduces excerpts from the published research of the musicologists Andrea Della Corte, Massimo Mila, Pierluigi Petrobelli, Julian Budden, Carl Dahlhaus, Harold Powers, and Lorenzo Bianconi.
Allobasis with short rows of spinules along inner margin proximally and at base of exopod, with 1 abexopodal seta.
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quinquesetosus since it possesses a projection directed medially, with one long lateral seta and several short apical setae.
Furcal length (fl) was deduced from an imaginary line across the base of the outer seta at the posterior margin of the telson to the furcal tip; and the basal telson length (bt) from a line across the anterior margin of the telson to the posterior margin (base of the outer seta) (Cuesta et al.
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