• WordNet 3.6
    • n bulla the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull
    • n bulla (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bulla (Med) A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid.
    • Bulla (Zoöl) A genus of marine shells. See Bubble shell.
    • Bulla A leaden seal for a document; esp. the round leaden seal attached to the papal bulls, which has on one side a representation of St. Peter and St. Paul, and on the other the name of the pope who uses it.
    • Bulla (Anat) The ovoid prominence below the opening of the ear in the skulls of many animals; as, the tympanic or auditory bulla .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bulla An ornament in the form of a capsule or locket, in use among the ancient Romans, who adopted it from the Etruscans. It was worn especially around the neck as an amulet by Roman children, both boys and girls, its protective virtue being supposed to reside either in its precious material or in some substance inclosed within it. It was of gold in the families of the nobly born and the rich, and of commoner material among others. It was laid aside by young men upon attaining maturity, and dedicated to Hercules or to the household lares; by young women it was dedicated to Juno.
    • n bulla A seal attached to a document. Specifically— A seal used by the emperors of Constantinople, and by the early emperors of the Holy Roman (German) Empire, and by other sovereigns.
    • n bulla Any ornament of rounded form, especially if suspended, such as those which are attached by small chains to the Hungarian crown.
    • n bulla In pathology, a bleb or portion of epidermis raised by the extravasation of a transparent watery fluid, as in erysipelas, etc.
    • n bulla In anatomy, an inflated portion of the bony external meatus of the ear, forming a more or less well-marked prominence on each side at the base of the skull of many animals, usually constituted by a bulbous tympanic bone. Also called bulla ossea. See extract.
    • n bulla [capitalized] A genus of tectibranchiate (or pleurobranchiate) gastropods, to which very different limits have been assigned. By the old conchologists not only were most of the tectibranchiates included, but also various other gastropods having shells like or supposed to be like them were referred to the genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bulla bool′a a round metal ornament worn by ancient Roman children: a seal attached to a document: anything rounded or globular.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. bulla, bubble. See Bull an edict
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Nothing now remains, except the fields of Bulla, and the hope of your valor.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
Thou art to-day as thou wert when wearing the golden bulla on thy neck.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
But I have got 'bulla muree deein' (two large women) to compensate for her loss.
"A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson" by Watkin Tench
About Bulla Felix, a noble brigand (chapter 10).
"Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211)" by Cassius Dio
In the external view (Figure 3) the bulla hides the periotic bone from without.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
The bulla was a small object, enclosed in historical times in a capsule, and suspended round the child's neck.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
Then, when they have grown big, they hang over our breasts their gold or leather bullae.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
There may be superficial or deep ulceration underlying the bullae.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The 'bulla' was laid aside at the same time as the 'toga praetexta,' and was on that occasion consecrated to the Lares.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
The bullae which appear in this dermatosis contain, so long as their contents are clear, chiefly polynuclear eosinophil cells.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich

In news:

Isolated cementoossifying fibroma of the ethmoid bulla : A case report.
President Barack Obama shook hands yesterday with Bulla Graft and his teammates on Chula Vista 's Park View All-Stars, winners of the Little League World Series.
Austin, Texas resident and Nissan Leaf owner Dale Bulla(r.) poses for a photo with his wife, Pat.
2-Year-Old Girl with ALL Develops Two Hemorrhagic Bullae in the Groin.
Chris Bulla cradles past the defense during CVU's match against South Burlington on Saturday, April 21.
Eric Bulla, left, and Lily Chan prepare to harvest remaining produce at the Interfaith Garden at Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday.
The group meets at Wilson Commons, on the northeast corner of Bulla Road and Wilson Street, on the east edge of Notre Dame's campus.
Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Bulla Sour Cream Win Top Austrailian Dairy Award.

In science:

However, unlike the case of a Fermi liquid, the linearly vanishing density of fermionic states at the Fermi level implies that the Kondo temperature can be strictly zero for a finite range of parameters (Gonzalez-Buxton and Ingersent, 1998; Vo jta and Bulla, 2002; Withoff and Fradkin, 1990).
Order and quantum phase transitions in the cuprate superconductors