compound eye

  1. an arthropod eye subdivided into many individual, light-receptive elements, each including a lens, a transmitting apparatus, and retinal cells.

Origin of compound eye

First recorded in 1830–40

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How to use compound eye in a sentence

  • Unlike bees and flies, which have compound eyes that merge information from hundreds or thousands of lenses into a single, pixelated mosaic image, the jumping spider has camera-type eyes, similar to those of humans and most other vertebrates.

  • The eye of a crustacean is a very complicated structure, commonly described as a compound eye.

    The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
  • Looked at in front, a compound eye may be considered an agglomeration of simple eyes; but internally this is hardly correct.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier
  • Huyghens also invented the compound eye-piece that bears his name, made of two convex lenses to diminish spherical aberration.

    History of Astronomy | George Forbes
  • In the first place a compound eye is formed on each side of the median eye.

  • On the compound eye of a butterfly as many as 17,325 facettes have been counted.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for compound eye

compound eye

  1. the convex eye of insects and some crustaceans, consisting of numerous separate light-sensitive units (ommatidia): See also ocellus

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Scientific definitions for compound eye

compound eye

  1. An eye consisting of hundreds or thousands of tiny light-sensitive parts (called ommatidia), with each part serving to focus light on the retina to create a portion of an image. Most insects and some crustaceans have compound eyes.

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