- a ring; a ringlike part, band, or space.
- Geometry. the space between two concentric circles on a plane.
- the veil remnant on a mushroom stalk.
- a growth ring, as on the cross section of a tree trunk, that can be used to estimate age.
Origin of annulus
Examples from the Web for annuli
Historical Examples of annuli
But in that group (Cystobranchus) there may be as many as eight annuli.
Abdomen black, consisting of seven annuli or rings, besides the tail part, the last of which is edged with orange.
This phrase is somewhat obscure: "annuli ferrei sicut solebat fieri in cista Norensi."
An eye-like spot in the Wings of many Lepidoptera, consisting of annuli of different colours, inclosing a central spot or pupil.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
This corresponds to the usual presence (in the Rhynchobdellidae) of three annuli to each segment.
- the area between two concentric circles
- a ring-shaped part, figure, or space
Word Origin for annulus
Word Origin and History for annuli
1560s, medical, from misspelling of Latin anulus "little ring, finger ring," a diminutive of anus (see anus).
- A circular or ring-shaped structure.
- A ringlike figure, part, structure, or marking, such as a growth ring on the scale of a fish.
- A ring or group of specialized cells around the sporangia of many ferns. By changing shape in response to variations in humidity, it breaks open the sporangium and then releases the spores with a whipping motion.
- The ringlike remains of a membrane (called a veil), found around the stipes of certain basidiomycete mushrooms. The presence or absence of an annulus is often used to identify the species of an individual mushroom.
- The figure bounded by and containing the area between two concentric circles.