[ ok-yuh-luh s ]
/ ˈɒk yə ləs /

noun, plural oc·u·li [ok-yuh-lahy] /ˈɒk yəˌlaɪ/.

an eye.
Architecture. a circular opening, especially one at the apex of a dome.
Archaeology. a design representing an eye, as on funerary pottery found in megalithic tombs of Europe.

Nearby words

  1. oculoplethysmography,
  2. oculopneumoplethysmography,
  3. oculopupillary,
  4. oculovertebral dysplasia,
  5. oculozygomatic,
  6. ocy-,
  7. od,
  8. od.,
  9. oda,
  10. oda nobunaga

Origin of oculus

< New Latin, Latin: eye

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Word Origin and History for oculus


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

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Medicine definitions for oculus


[ ŏkyə-ləs ]

n. pl. oc•u•li (-lī′)


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