vallecula

[ vuh-lek-yuh-luh ]

noun,plural val·lec·u·lae [vuh-lek-yuh-lee]. /vəˈlɛk yəˌli/. Biology.
  1. a furrow or depression.

Origin of vallecula

1
1855–60; <Late Latin, equivalent to valle(s) valley + Latin -cula-cule1

Other words from vallecula

  • val·lec·u·lar, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for vallecula

vallecula

/ (vəˈlɛkjʊlə) /


nounplural -lae (-ˌliː)
  1. anatomy any of various natural depressions or crevices, such as certain fissures of the brain

  2. botany a small groove or furrow in a plant stem or fruit

Origin of vallecula

1
C19: from Late Latin: little valley, from Latin vallis valley

Derived forms of vallecula

  • vallecular or valleculate, adjective

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