, knob on a vine that "steals" the sap, diminutive of fūr
, thief (modeled on latrunculus
, robber, diminutive of latrō, latrōn-
, bandit); see bher-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots
fu·runcu·lar (fy-rŭngkyə-lər), fu·runcu·lous (-ləs) adj.
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