[ lok-yool ]
/ ˈlɒk yul /

noun Biology.

a small compartment or chamber, as the pollen-containing cavity within an anther.

Nearby words

  1. locrian,
  2. locris,
  3. locular,
  4. loculate,
  5. loculation,
  6. loculicidal,
  7. loculus,
  8. locum,
  9. locum tenens,
  10. locus

Origin of locule

1885–90; < French < Latin loculus; see loculus

Also called loculus.

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British Dictionary definitions for locule


loculus (ˈlɒkjʊləs)

/ (ˈlɒkjuːl) /

noun plural locules or loculi (ˈlɒkjʊˌlaɪ)

botany any of the chambers of an ovary or anther
biology any small cavity or chamber

Word Origin for locule

C19: New Latin, from Latin: compartment, from locus place

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Medicine definitions for locule


[ lŏkyōōl ]


A small cavity or compartment within an organ or a part of an animal.

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Science definitions for locule


[ lŏkyōōl ]

A small cavity or compartment within an organ or part of an animal or plant, as any of the cavities within a plant ovary in which the ovules develop.
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