Definition of cochlea noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

cochlea

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈkɑkliə//
 
, NAmE//ˈkoʊkliə//
 
(pl. cochleae
NAmE//ˈkɑklii//
 
, NAmE//ˈkɑkliaɪ//
 
, NAmE//ˈkoʊklii//
 
, NAmE//ˈkoʊkliaɪ//
 
)
(anatomy)
 
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a small curved tube inside the ear, which contains a small part that sends nerve signals to the brain when sounds cause it to vibrate
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cochlea