(noun; Greek stylos
, pillar): 1. Any small rigid bristle
or needlelike appendage
2. (Arthropoda: Crustacea) see caudal ramus.
3. (Arthropoda: Insecta) One of the piercing structures in the sucking mouth parts; the shaft of the ovipositor.
4. (Bryozoa: Stenolaemata) A rodlike skeletal structure oriented almost perpendicular to the zoarial surface and parallel to the zooecia.
5. (Cnidaria) The large, lowermost thorn on the hampe (butt) of a stenotele nematocyst.
6. (NEMATA) A sclerotized, usually hollow, structure used for feeding, releasing secretions and entering plants and animals (Arthropoda); a spear
See also: stomatostyle, odontostyle. 7. (Nemertina) A nail-shaped structure on the end of the proboscis that typically reaches 50-200 m, used in the capture of prey.