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[ roo-guh ]
/ ˈru gə /

noun, plural ru·gae [roo-jee, -gee] /ˈru dʒi, -gi/.

Usually rugae. Biology, Anatomy. a wrinkle, fold, or ridge.

Nearby words

rufus, rug, rug rat, rug up , rug-cutter, ruga, rugae, rugalach, rugate, rugbeian, rugby

Origin of ruga

First recorded in 1765–75, ruga is from the Latin word rūga Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ruga


/ (ˈruːɡə) /

noun plural -gae (-dʒiː)

(usually plural) anatomy a fold, wrinkle, or crease

Word Origin for ruga

C18: Latin
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Medicine definitions for ruga


[ rōōgə ]

n. pl. ru•gae (-gē′, -gī′)

A fold, crease, or wrinkle, as in the lining of the stomach. Often used in the plural.
Related formsrugate′ (-gāt′) adj.
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