noun, plural am·pul·lae [am-puhl-ee, -poo l-ee] /æmˈpʌl i, -ˈpʊl i/.
- a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
- a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
- amplitude of accommodation,
- ampulla of lorenzini,
- ampulla of uterine tube,
- ampulla of vas deferens,
Origin of ampulla
Examples from the Web for ampulla
Ampullaceous, swelling out like a bottle or bladder (ampulla).The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
They all knelt save the vicar, who had placed the oil in an ampulla upon a table.A Lost Cause|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
The ampulla is covered with a bladder or with waxed linen, lest the contents exhale.De Re Metallica|Georgius Agricola
The chief sign of the Canterbury pilgrimage was an ampul or ampulla or flask of lead or pewter.A Handbook of Pictorial History|Henry W. Donald
At the base of each tube-foot there is a globular reservoir, or ampulla.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
noun plural -pullae (-ˈpʊliː)
- a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
- a small flask for containing consecrated oil
Word Origin for ampulla
late 14c., type of globular ancient Roman vessel; see ampoule.