- 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
Related Words for bullaabscess, sore, welt, ulcer, cyst, pimple, carbuncle, wale, weal, sac, bubble, burn, vesicle, canker, boil, blain, vesication, furuncle, bleb, pustule
Examples from the Web for bulla
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.Jewellery
H. Clifford Smith,
The bulla attains its maximum development in Chinchilla and Dipus.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
The wood-cut illustrating this genus has the appearance of a Bulla.A Conchological Manual
George Brettingham Sowerby
- 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
- pathol another word for blister (def. 1)
- anatomy a rounded bony projection
Word Origin for bulla
1876, from Latin bulla (plural bullae), literally "bubble" (see bull (n.2)).
- A large blister or vesicle of pathological origin.
- A bubblelike structure.