[ pap-uh-ler-ee, puh-pil-uh-ree ]
/ ˈpæp əˌlɛr i, pəˈpɪl ə ri /


of, relating to, or of the nature of a papilla or papillae.
having or covered with papillae.

Nearby words

  1. papilionaceous,
  2. papilla,
  3. papilla mammae,
  4. papilla of corium,
  5. papillar,
  6. papillary adenocarcinoma,
  7. papillary adenoma of large intestine,
  8. papillary carcinoma,
  9. papillary cystadenoma,
  10. papillary cystadenoma lymphomatosum

Origin of papillary

1660–70; < Latin papill(a) nipple + -ary

Related formsin·ter·pap·il·lar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for papillary



1660s, from Latin papilla (see papilla) + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper