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ungula

[uhng-gyuh-luh]
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noun, plural un·gu·lae [uhng-gyuh-lee] /ˈʌŋ gyəˌli/.
  1. Botany. an unguis.
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Origin of ungula

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ungula a claw, hoof, talon, diminutive of unguis unguis
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Historical Examples

  • One or two pair of moveable incurved claws, which usually arm the apex of the Ungula.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • A minute accessory joint, sometimes attached within the claws to the apex of the Ungula.


British Dictionary definitions for ungula

ungula

noun plural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. maths a truncated cone, cylinder, etc
  2. a rare word for hoof
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Derived Formsungular, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin: hoof, from unguis nail
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