Cirrous

Cir"rous

(?), a. 1. (Bot.) Cirrose.
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2. (Zol.) Tufted; -- said of certain feathers of birds.
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Cir"rus

(?), n.;
pl. Cirri (#).
[L., lock, curl, ringlet.]
[Also written cirrhus.]

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1. (Bot.) A tendril or clasper.
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2. (Zol.) (a) A soft tactile appendage of the mantle of many Mollusca, and of the parapodia of Annelida. Those near the head of annelids are Tentacular cirri; those of the last segment are caudal cirri. (b) The jointed, leglike organs of Cirripedia. See Annelida, and Polychta.
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In some of the inferior animals the cirri aid in locomotion; in others they are used in feeding; in the Annelida they are mostly organs of touch. Some cirri are branchial in function.
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3. (Zol.) The external male organ of trematodes and some other worms, and of certain Mollusca.
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4. (Meteor.) See under Cloud.
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