[ pin-uh ]
/ ˈpɪn ə /

noun, plural pin·nae [pin-ee] /ˈpɪn i/, pin·nas.

Botany. one of the primary divisions of a pinnate leaf.
  1. a feather, wing, or winglike part.
  2. a fin or flipper.
Anatomy. auricle(def 1a).


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Origin of pinna

1660–70; < Latin: feather, wing, fin


pin·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pinna

/ (ˈpɪnə) /

noun plural -nae (-niː) or -nas

any leaflet of a pinnate compound leaf
zoology a feather, wing, fin, or similarly shaped part
another name for auricle (def. 2)

Word Origin for pinna

C18: via New Latin from Latin: wing, feather, fin
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Medical definitions for pinna

[ pĭnə ]

n. pl. pin•nae (pĭnē)


Other words from pinna

pinnal adj.
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Scientific definitions for pinna

[ pĭnə ]

Plural pinnae (pĭnē) pinnas

A leaflet or primary division of a pinnately compound leaf, especially of a fern frond.
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