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noun, plural fim·bri·ae [fim-bree-ee] /ˈfɪm briˌi/.
  1. Often fimbriae. Botany, Zoology. a fringe or fringed border.
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Origin of fimbria

1745–55; < New Latin; Latin fimbriae (plural) border, fringe
Related formsfim·bri·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of fimbria

  • Fimbria: thick, ciliated hair at the termination of any part: fringes.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • The troops of Fimbria deserted their general, who put an end to his own life.

    A Smaller History of Rome

    William Smith and Eugene Lawrence

  • He was put to death by Fimbria, who was in command of some of the troops of Marius.

    Cicero's Tusculan Disputations

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • No; I gave no cause to take so much as Fimbria's complaint against me, for I did totum telum corpore recipere.

  • But Fimbria from the first gave orders that not a life should be spared, and burnt up together the city and all its inhabitants.

    The City of God, Volume I

    Aurelius Augustine

British Dictionary definitions for fimbria


noun plural -briae (-brɪˌiː)
  1. anatomy a fringe or fringelike margin or border, esp at the opening of the Fallopian tubes
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Derived Formsfimbrial, adjective

Word Origin for fimbria

C18: from Late Latin, from Latin fimbriae threads, shreds
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Word Origin and History for fimbria


Latin, literally "fringe, border, shred."

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fimbria in Medicine


n. pl. fim•bri•ae (-brē-ē′)
  1. A fringelike anatomical part or structure.
  2. pilus
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Related formsfimbri•al adj.
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