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.
Also lu·nule [loo-nyool] /ˈlu nyul/.
Origin of lunula
1565–75; < Latin lūnula, equivalent to lūn(a) moon + -ula -ule
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One lunula was found in an oak case at Newtown, Crossdoney, Co.The Bronze Age in Ireland
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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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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