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[ok-yuh-luh s]
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noun, plural oc·u·li [ok-yuh-lahy] /ˈɒk yəˌlaɪ/.
  1. an eye.
  2. Architecture. a circular opening, especially one at the apex of a dome.
  3. Archaeology. a design representing an eye, as on funerary pottery found in megalithic tombs of Europe.
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Origin of oculus

< New Latin, Latin: eye
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  • No wonder that the power of the archdeacons, the oculi episcopi, increased tenfold.

    Chaucer and His Times

    Grace E. Hadow

  • Oculi tanquam speculatores altissimum locum obtinent—The eyes, like sentinels, occupy the highest place in the body.

  • Avem Philomelam lingua carere pro certo affirmare possum, nisi me oculi fallunt.

  • There is, however, another muscle—the Retractor oculi—belonging to the same group which is innervated by the VIth nerve.

    The Origin of Vertebrates

    Walter Holbrook Gaskell

Word Origin and History for oculi


"an eye," plural oculi, 1857, from Latin oculus "an eye" (see eye (n.)).

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oculi in Medicine


n. pl. oc•u•li (-lī′)
  1. Eye.
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