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noun, plural lu·nu·lae [loo-nyuh-lee] /ˈlu nyəˌli/.
  1. 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
Related formspseu·do·lu·nu·la, noun, plural pseu·do·lu·nu·lae.pseu·do·lu·nule, noun
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Examples from the Web for lunula

Historical Examples

  • One lunula was found in an oak case at Newtown, Crossdoney, Co.

    The Bronze Age in Ireland

    George Coffey

British Dictionary definitions for lunula


lunule (ˈluːnjuːl)

noun plural -nulae (-njʊˌliː) or -nules
  1. the white crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernailNontechnical name: half-moon
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: small moon, from lūna
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lunula in Medicine


n. pl. lu•nu•lae (-lē′)
  1. 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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