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1. Any of various tubular structures from which spiders and certain insect larvae, such as silkworms, secrete the silk threads from which they form webs or cocoons.
2. A device for making rayon, nylon, and other synthetic fibers, consisting of a plate pierced with holes through which plastic material is extruded in filaments.
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1. (Zoology) any of several organs in spiders and certain insects through which silk threads are exuded
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a finely perforated dispenser through which a viscous liquid is extruded in the production of synthetic fibres
[C18: from spinner + -et]
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spin•ner•et(ˈspɪn əˌrɛt, ˌspɪn əˈrɛt)
1. an organ or part by means of which a spider, insect larva, or the like spins a silky thread for its web or cocoon.
2. Also, spin′ner•ette`. a metal plate or cup with tiny holes through which a chemical solution is extruded to form continuous filaments, as of rayon, nylon, or polyester.
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One of the small openings in the back part of a spider or silk-producing insect larva, through which the sticky fluid that dries into silk is released.
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