- Zoology, Anatomy. a fold or folding.
- Also called pli·ca po·lon·i·ca [puh-lon-i-kuh] /pəˈlɒn ɪ kə/. Pathology. a matted, filthy condition of the hair, caused by disease, vermin, etc.
- (in medieval music) a vertical mark attached to a neume, standing for an interpolated melodic ornament.
Origin of plica
1675–85; < Medieval Latin: a fold, back formation from Latin plicāre to fold, ply2
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Examples from the Web for plica
It might be stricken with dry-rot, elephantiasis and plica polonica for ought I care.Mr. Incoul's Misadventure
Plica polonica, which is endemic in Russia, is almost cosmopolitan.Fungi: Their Nature and Uses
Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
In German the plica polonica is called Alpzopf, or hobgoblin's tail.Myth and Science
Hair matted or clotted, either from neglect or from the disease known as the Plica Polonica.Shakespeare's Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
And perhaps the very essence of the Plica Polonica may be the hairs growing hollow, and of an unnatural constitution.Micrographia
- Also called: fold anatomy a folding over of parts, such as a fold of skin, muscle, peritoneum, etc
- pathol a condition of the hair characterized by matting, filth, and the presence of parasites
C17: from Medieval Latin: a fold, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply ²
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- A fold or ridge, as of skin or membrane.
- false membrane
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