One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Situated on the ‘prow’ of a structure; (specifically) designating certain setae on the tips of the legs of mites and collembolans.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin prōra prora + -al. In sense 1 after French proral; compare also post-classical Latin os prorae. With sense 2 compare prora. In sense 2b apparently after German proral.
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