One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In the thorax of an insect: the furca of the prothorax, which is the first of three furcas that serve for the attachment of muscles in the thorax.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From scientific Latin antefurca from classical Latin ante- + furca fork.
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