[ oh-sel-uhs ]
/ oʊˈsɛl əs /

noun, plural o·cel·li [oh-sel-ahy]. /oʊˈsɛl aɪ/.

a type of simple eye common to invertebrates, consisting of retinal cells, pigments, and nerve fibers.
an eyelike spot, as on a peacock feather.



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Origin of ocellus

1810–20; <Latin: little eye, diminutive of oculuseye; see -elle
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British Dictionary definitions for ocellus

/ (ɒˈsɛləs) /

noun plural -li (-laɪ)

the simple eye of insects and some other invertebrates, consisting basically of light-sensitive cells
any eyelike marking in animals, such as the eyespot on the tail feather of a peacock
  1. an enlarged discoloured cell in a leaf
  2. a swelling on the sporangium of certain fungi

Derived forms of ocellus

ocellar, adjectiveocellate (ˈɒsɪˌleɪt) or ocellated (ˈɒsɪˌleɪtɪd), adjectiveocellation, noun

Word Origin for ocellus

C19: via New Latin from Latin: small eye, from oculus eye
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Scientific definitions for ocellus

[ ō-sĕləs ]

Plural ocelli (ō-sĕlī′)

A small, simple eye or eyespot, found in many invertebrates.
A marking that resembles an eye, as on the wings of some butterflies.
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