Meaning of fossula in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɒsjʊlə/


  • 1Anatomy Zoology
    A small depression or cavity, especially on the surface of a structure; a small fossa.

  • 2Zoology Botany
    A shallow groove, especially in the cuticle of an insect or the surface of a pollen grain or spore.

  • 3In rugose corals: a cavity or groove where one of the primitive septa has failed to develop.


Mid 18th century. From classical Latin fossula small trench from fossa + -ula, originally after French fossette.