noun, plural u·vu·las, u·vu·lae [yoo-vyuh-lee] /ˈyu vyəˈli/. Anatomy.
Origin of uvula
Examples from the Web for uvula
Uvula, ū′vū-la, n. the fleshy conical body suspended from the palate over the back part of the tongue.
The popular tradition in our time of the uvula and its fall is evidently a remnant of the medieval teaching with regard to it.Medieval Medicine|James J. (James Joseph) Walsh
The doctor wrote a very bad hand, and the clergyman read "roller" for "uvula."Lighter Moments from the Notebook of Bishop Walsham How|Frederick Douglas How
Returning home, he placed against the uvula this little piece of glass, which he had heated with warm water and carefully dried.Garcia the Centenarian And His Times|M. Sterling Mackinlay
The uvula, for example, may be bifid, or the cleft may extend throughout the soft palate.
British Dictionary definitions for uvula
noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
Word Origin for uvula
Word Origin and History for uvula
late 14c., from Late Latin uvula, from Latin uvola "small bunch of grapes," diminutive of uva "grape," which is of unknown origin. So called from fancied resemblance of the organ to small grapes.