- 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
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Examples from the Web for vitta
The vitta was at once the symbol and the talisman of chastity.
Vitta (plural vitt), the oil-tubes of the fruit of Umbellifer.The Elements of Botany
Cells furnished with a narrow elongated band or vitta on each side, without fenestrae.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
He laid a hand unsteady with its tremor of delight and young eagerness upon the vitta and it slipped off her hair.The City of Delight
Shall I recommend my young friend to wrap up the heads of his Vestals in a vitta?
- 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
C17: from Latin: headband; related to viēre to plait