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A small poniard; a stiletto.

2. (Science: surgery) An instrument for examining wounds and fistulas, and for passing setons, and the like; a probe, called also specillum. A stiff wire, inserted in catheters or other tubular instruments to maintain their shape and prevent clogging.

3. (Science: zoology) Any small, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ; as, the caudal stylets of certain insects; the ventral stylets of certain infusoria.

Origin: F, dim. Of style; cf. It. Stiletto. See Stiletto.

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Help figuring out what animals these are.

This question was asked about #5: This animal reproduce by laying eggs in its shed exoskeleton. It also eats by using its stylets to pierce moss and leaves to suck and drink the juices. This animal also gets its own phylum. The response was: You might just be on the right track, although ...

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by Biology2006
Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:32 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Help figuring out what animals these are.
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