Meaning of Johnston's organ in English:

Johnston's organ

Pronunciation /ˈdʒɒnst(ə)nz ɔːɡ(ə)n/


  • In the second antennal segment of most insects, a sense organ which detects movements of the antennal flagellum, especially due to sound or mechanical vibrations, and functions chiefly in flight control and sound perception.


Late 19th century. From the genitive of the name of Christopher Johnston, United States physician, who first described the organ in 1855 + organ, after German Johnston'sches Organ.