Spiracle

Definition of Spiracle

Spir´a`cle
n.1.(Anat.) The nostril, or one of the nostrils, of whales, porpoises, and allied animals.
2.(Zool.) One of the external openings communicating with the air tubes or tracheæ of insects, myriapods, and arachnids. They are variable in number, and are usually situated on the sides of the thorax and abdomen, a pair to a segment. These openings are usually elliptical, and capable of being closed. See Illust. under Coleoptera.
3.Any small aperture or vent for air or other fluid.

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air duct, air hole, air passage, air shaft, air tube, airway, armhole, avenue, blowhole, breathing hole, bullet-hole, bunghole, channel, chute, cringle, deadeye, debouch, door, egress, emunctory, escape, estuary, exhaust, exit, eye, eyelet, floodgate, flume, gasket, grommet, guide, keyhole, knothole, loop, loophole, louver, louverwork, manhole, mousehole, naris, nostril, opening, out, outcome, outfall, outgate, outgo, outlet, peephole, pigeonhole, pinhole, placket, placket hole, pore, port, porthole, punch-hole, sally port, shaft, sluice, spilehole, spout, tap, touchhole, transom, vent, ventage, venthole, ventiduct, ventilating shaft, ventilator, vomitory, way out, weir, wind tunnel
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