One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural caudaeAnatomy Zoology
A structure resembling a tail.
- ‘Cauda long, flexed ventrally in arch("U" shape), its tip not extending below the margin of the ostium.’
- ‘Wingless Aphids: Body light green, spindle shaped; all of legs dusky; cornicles light green, reduced and cone shaped; antennae very short and dark at tips; projection above cauda.’
- ‘The North Node is also called Caput Draconis, or Dragon's Head, whilst the South Node is also called Cauda Draconis, or Dragon's Tail.’
- ‘The posterior part of the main jaws has a paired cauda.’
- ‘Tail muscles such as the levator caudae and depressor caudae participate in maintaining stability.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, ‘tail’.
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