noun, plural ca·pit·u·la [kuh-pich-uh-luh] /kəˈpɪtʃ ə lə/.
Origin of capitulum
Examples from the Web for capitulum
I have noticed a specimen including mature ova, with a capitulum under half an inch long.
In the Odontocetes the ribs have, some of them, the normal attachment by capitulum and tuberculum.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
Trochanter I with dorso-terminal blade; postero-lateral angles of capitulum with rather short prolongations.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
Male,—with scarcely a vestige of a capitulum: maxill with fewer spines than in the female.
In consequence of this structure, the capitulum must possess considerable powers of contraction.
noun plural -la (-lə)
Word Origin for capitulum
used in various senses in English; Latin, literally "little head," diminutive of caput "head," also "leader, guide, chief person; summit; capital city; origin, source, spring," figuratively "life, physical life;" in writing "a division, paragraph;" of money, "the principal sum," from PIE *kaput- "head" (see head (n.)).