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Monday, May 07, 2018

Definitions for ocellated

  1. having eyelike spots or markings.
  2. (of a spot or marking) eyelike.

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Citations for ocellated
... Méline's nose and eyes are such that you would swear you were looking at an ocellated butterfly, perching on a rosebud. Éric Chevillard, On the Ceiling, translated by Jordan Stump, 2000
Fantasia was quick to push close the door behind them, although when doing so momentarily trapped the end of the cockbird's ocellated or 'eyed' tail-feathers which, as a consequence, gave the signal for pandemonium to break loose. Jeremy Mallinson, The Count's Cats, 2004
Origin of ocellated
1705-1715
The English adjective ocellated is a derivative of the Latin noun ocellus “(little) eye,” a diminutive of oculus “eye.” Ocellus is used especially in affectionate language, equivalent to “apple of my eye” or “darling.” As a horticultural term, ocellus means “incision made in the bark for inserting a bud or scion.” The only modern sense of ocellus does not occur in Latin; it is a zoological term meaning “simple eye or light-sensitive organ; a colored spot on birds’ feathers or butterflies” and dates from the 18th century.