noun, plural bul·lae [boo l-ee, buhl-ee] /ˈbʊl i, ˈbʌl i/.
a seal attached to an official document, as a papal bull.
an ancient Roman pendant, consisting of a rounded box containing an amulet.
Pathology. a large vesicle.
Zoology. a blisterlike or bubblelike prominence of a bone, as that of the tympanic bone in the skull of certain mammals.
Origin of bulla
1840–50; < Latin: bubble, also stud, boss, knob (whence Medieval Latin bulla official seal)
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Related Words for bullaabscess
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Historical Examples of bulla
"But we're getting all we can out of the old hooker as it is," Bulla objected.
Both Beamish and Bulla, borne down by the weight of numbers, had been secured.
They were generally enclosed in a bulla, and suspended from the neck.
The bulla attains its maximum development in Chinchilla and Dipus.
Bulleana (plates, fig. 247 to 253), contains the genera Bulla and Bulla.
British Dictionary definitions for bulla
noun plural -lae (-liː)
a leaden seal affixed to a papal bull, having a representation of Saints Peter and Paul on one side and the name of the reigning pope on the other
an ancient Roman rounded metal or leather box containing an amulet, worn around the neck
anatomy a rounded bony projection
Word Origin for bulla
C19: from Latin: round object, bubble
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Word Origin and History for bulla
1876, from Latin bulla (plural bullae), literally "bubble" (see bull (n.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
n. pl. bul•lae (bul′ē)
A large blister or vesicle of pathological origin.
A bubblelike structure.
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