caruncula

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caruncula an outgrowth on a plant or animal such as a fowl's wattle or a protuberance near the hilum of certain seeds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caruncula (Zoöl) A naked, flesh appendage, on the head of a bird, as the wattles of a turkey, etc.
    • Caruncula (Anat) A small fleshy prominence or excrescence; especially the small, reddish body, the caruncula lacrymalis, in the inner angle of the eye.
    • Caruncula (Bot) An excrescence or appendage surrounding or near the hilum of a seed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caruncula Same as caruncle.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. caruncula, a little piece of flesh, dim. of caro, flesh

Usage

In literature:

Cysts and painful carunculae may occur on the clitoris.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
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