Varied--SUR-kus, or KER-kus, plural SUR-sye, SUR-kye, KUR-kee
Explanation of Names
From Greek, kerkos, tail.
cercus noun, plural cerci - typically paired appendages at the tip of the abdomen, usually having sensory functions. Cerci are often enlarged in males, and used in copulation. In some groups, such as earwigs, they are enlarged and used for defense.
Contributed by Chuck Entz on 31 May, 2007 - 2:08am Additional contributions by cotinis Last updated 10 November, 2008 - 9:47am
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