- the projecting outer portion of the ear; pinna.
- Also called auricular appendage.an ear-shaped appendage projecting from each atrium of the heart.
- (loosely) the atrium.
Botany, Zoology. a part like or likened to an ear.
Origin of auricle
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- the upper chamber of the heart; atrium
- a small sac in the atrium of the heart
Also called: pinna anatomy the external part of the ear
Also called: auricula biology an ear-shaped part or appendage, such as that occurring at the join of the leaf blade and the leaf sheath in some grasses
Word Origin for auricle
C17: from Latin auricula the external ear, from auris ear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
part of the ear, 1650s, from Latin auricula "ear," diminutive of auris (see ear (n.1)). As a chamber of the heart, early 15c., from Latin, so called from a perceived similarity in shape to an animal's ear.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The projecting shell-like structure on the side of the head constituting, with the external acoustic meatus, the external ear.pinna
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The visible part of the outer ear.
An atrium of the heart.
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