Meaning of corbicula in English:


Pronunciation /kɔːˈbɪkjʊlə/

nounplural noun corbiculae/kɔːˈbɪkjʊliː/

another term for pollen basket
‘The presence or absence of the corbiculae is a good way to determine the genus of female specimens.’
  • ‘She's loading pollen onto her corbiculae, hair-rimmed, basket-like structures on her back legs that hold the bright grains for transport to her colony.’
  • ‘She also has the ability to carry 2,000 to 3,000 pollen grains in her corbiculae.’
  • ‘Following the collection, the bees fly near the flower and move the resin ball from the mandible to one of the corbiculae.’
  • ‘Honey bees leaving the dispenser-fitted hive did wade through the pollen, but they readily started packing the pollen clinging to their body into their corbiculae.’


Early 19th century from late Latin.