- any of various small, columnlike structures of animals or plants; rod or axis.
- Mycology. a small central column of sterile tissue within the sporangium of certain fungi, liverworts, and mosses.
Origin of columella
OTHER WORDS FROM columellacol·u·mel·lar, adjectivecol·u·mel·late [kol-yuh-mel-it, -eyt], /ˌkɒl yəˈmɛl ɪt, -eɪt/, adjectivepost·col·u·mel·lar, adjectivepseu·do·col·u·mel·lar, adjective
Words nearby columella
How to use columella in a sentence
Gesner quotes the words of Columella, and adds, that he found these mules in Grenoble, and which are called in French jumars.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
As an amusing contrast to this well drawn picture, I give an extract from the work of that ancient agriculturist Columella.A Treatise on Sheep:|Ambrose Blacklock
In others the spiral winds round a solid central pillar which is spoken of as the columella.The Sea Shore|William S. Furneaux
The villa, as described by Varro and Columella, before and shortly after the Christian era, was a farma jundus.The English Village Community|Frederic Seebohm
In reptiles the upper segment of the second arch formed, as in birds, the columella.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
British Dictionary definitions for columella
- the central part of the spore-producing body of some fungi and mosses
- any similar columnar structure