- Biology. any globose or knoblike part, as a flower head or the head of a bone.
Origin of capitulum
Examples from the Web for capitula
Laws of the empire of Charlemagne, divided into Capitula or chapters.
The ribs have capitula and tubercula, and sternal ribs often occur.
The ribs are long, and the anterior ones have capitula and tubercula.
Capitula squamosa jac mula: "little scaley (or imbricated) heads resembling the heads of Jacea" (Black Knapweed).Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
(d. 731), of which thirty-five are forged and others contain many interpolations; and, finally, the Capitula Angilramni.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
- a racemose inflorescence in the form of a disc of sessile flowers, the youngest at the centre. It occurs in the daisy and related plants
- anatomy zoology a headlike part, esp the enlarged knoblike terminal part of a long bone, antenna, etc
Word Origin and History for capitula
used in various senses in English; Latin, literally "little head," diminutive of caput "head," also "leader, guide, chief person; summit; capital city; origin, source, spring," figuratively "life, physical life;" in writing "a division, paragraph;" of money, "the principal sum," from PIE *kaput- "head" (see head (n.)).
- A small head or rounded articular extremity of a bone.
- A small knob or head-shaped part, such as a protuberance of a bone or the tip of an insect's antenna.
- An inflorescence consisting of a compact mass of small stalkless flowers, as in the English daisy. The yellow central portion of the capitulum of a daisy consists of disk flowers, while the outer white, petallike structures are actually ray flowers. The capitulum is the characteristic inflorescence of the composite family (Asteraceae) of flowering plants.