noun, plural vit·tae [vit-ee] /ˈvɪt i/.

Botany. a tube or receptacle for oil, occurring in the fruits of most plants of the parsley family.
Zoology, Botany. a streak or stripe, as of color.

Origin of vitta

1685–95; < Latin: ribbon, fillet, akin to viēre to weave together Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -tae (-tiː)

any of numerous tubelike cavities containing oil or resin that occur in the fruits of certain plants, esp of parsley and other umbellifers
biology a band or stripe of colour
Derived Formsvittate, adjective

Word Origin for vitta

C17: from Latin: headband; related to viēre to plait
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