[ ahy-spot ]

  1. a sensory organ of lower animals, having a light-perceiving function.

  2. an eyelike spot, as on the tail of a peacock; eye.

  1. Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by elliptical lesions on the leaves and stems, stunting of growth, and rotting, caused by any of several fungi.

Origin of eyespot

First recorded in 1580–90; eye + spot

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British Dictionary definitions for eyespot


/ (ˈaɪˌspɒt) /

  1. a small area of light-sensitive pigment in some protozoans, algae, and other simple organisms

  2. an eyelike marking, as on the wings of certain butterflies

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Scientific definitions for eyespot


[ īspŏt′ ]

  1. An area that is sensitive to light and functions somewhat like an eye, found in certain single-celled organisms as well as many invertebrate animals.

  2. A round marking resembling an eye, as on the tail feather of a peacock.

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