[ loo-nyuh-luh ]
/ ˈlu nyə lə /
noun, plural lu·nu·lae [loo-nyuh-lee] /ˈlu nyəˌli/.
something shaped like a narrow crescent, as the small, pale area at the base of the fingernail.
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Also lu·nule [loo-nyool] /ˈlu nyul/.
Origin of lunula
1565–75; < Latin lūnula, equivalent to lūn(a) moon + -ula -ule
OTHER WORDS FROM lunulapseu·do·lu·nu·la, noun, plural pseu·do·lu·nu·lae.pseu·do·lu·nule, noun
Words nearby lunula
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Example sentences from the Web for lunula
One lunula was found in an oak case at Newtown, Crossdoney, Co.The Bronze Age in Ireland|George Coffey
British Dictionary definitions for lunula
/ (ˈluːnjʊlə) /
noun plural -nulae (-njʊˌliː) or -nules
the white crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernailNontechnical name: half-moon
Word Origin for lunula
C16: from Latin: small moon, from lūna
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Medical definitions for lunula
[ lōōn′yə-lə ]
n. pl. lu•nu•lae (-lē′)
A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the proximal region at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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