• WordNet 3.6
    • n utricle a small pouch into which the semicircular canals open
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Utricle A little sac or vesicle, as the air cell of fucus, or seaweed.
    • Utricle (Physiol) A microscopic cell in the structure of an egg, animal, or plant.
    • Utricle (Bot) A small, thin-walled, one-seeded fruit, as of goosefoot.
    • Utricle (Anat) A utriculus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n utricle A small sac, cyst, bag, or reservoir of the body; an ordinary histological cell.
    • n utricle The common sinus of the inner ear; the larger of two sacs in the vestibule of the membranous labyrinth of the ear (the smaller one being the saccule), lodged in the fovea hemielliptica, of oval and laterally compressed shape, communicating with the openings of the membranous semicircular canals, and indirectly also with the saccule. Also called sacculus communis, sacculus hemiellipticus, sacculus semiovalis, utriculus vestibuli.
    • n utricle In botany, a seed-vessel consisting of a very thin loose pericarp, inclosing a single seed; any thin bottle-like or bladder-like body, as the perigynium of Carex. See cuts under Sarcobatus and Perigynium. Also utriculus in all senses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Utricle ū′tri-kl a little bag, bladder, or cell
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. utriculus, a little womb, a calycle, dim. of uter, utris, a bag or bottle made of an animal's hide: cf. F. utricule,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. utriculus, dim. of uter, utris, a bag.


In literature:

Immediately inside the envelope comes the primordial utricle in the one case, and in the other case the layer of active sarcode.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
The fruit is a membranous one-seeded utricle often enclosed by the persistent calyx.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
All the canals open into the utricle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
The base of the stapes communicates pressures to the utricle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
Fruit an achene or 1-seeded utricle.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray