cupule

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cupule a sucker on the feet of certain flies
    • n cupule cup-shaped structure of hardened bracts at the base of an acorn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cupule (Bot) A cuplet or little cup, as of the acorn; the husk or bur of the filbert, chestnut, etc.
    • Cupule (Zoöl) A sucker or acetabulum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cupule A small cup-shaped depression, as in rock.
    • n cupule In botany: A form of involucre, occurring in the oak, beech, chestnut, and hazel, consisting of bracts which in fruit cohere into a kind of cup. In fungi, a receptacle shaped like the cup of an acorn, as in Peziza.
    • n cupule In entomology, a little cup-shaped organ; specifically, one of the sucking-disks on the lower surface of the tarsi of certain aquatic beetles.
    • n cupule Also cupula.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cupule kū′pūl (bot.) a shortened axis with a number of more or less cohering bracts enclosing the ripening fruit—also Cū′pula
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Cupola
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cupula, dim. of cupa, a tub, and ferre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

Associated Words: balaniferous, balanoid, cupule, cupuliferous, quercite, racahout.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
There is no account of a leader of the Cupuls having been burned, and, moreover, this is in accordance with Sec.
"The Maya Chronicles" by Various
Cupules: the sucker-like processes covering the under surface of the tarsi in male Dytiscidce.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
One day, when Montejo was off his guard, Cupul went up behind him, snatched his sword away, and tried to kill him.
"History of the Spanish Conquest of Yucatan and of the Itzas" by Philip Ainsworth Means
The female flowers, to the number of two, three, or four, are clustered in a "cupule" of overlapping scales, like those of the Oak.
"Wayside and Woodland Trees" by Edward Step
Bracts forming a fleshy or hard cupule which envelops the one to several fruits.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
Cupule 1-flowered, scaly and entire; nut hard and terete.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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