Definition of papilla in English:

papilla

nounpapillae

  • 1A small rounded protuberance on a part or organ of the body.

    ‘as food touches the tongue it comes into contact with the sensory papillae’
    • ‘The size and shape of the foliate papillae on the posterolateral margins of the tongue are variable.’
    • ‘Gross and histologic examination of the excised specimen revealed a pancreatic serous cystadenoma with multifocal papillae.’
    • ‘Red hypertrophic papillae can be found under the upper eyelid.’
    • ‘Within the dental papilla, the vessels are mostly orientated toward the cusp, but peripherally, fine-caliber vessels are observed.’
    • ‘In contrast, C. comptonensis microsporophyll heads have a cutinized hypodermis, and distinctly conical epidermal papillae with pointed apices.’
    1. 1.1A small fleshy projection on a plant.
      • ‘When the flower opens, styles are short and the stigma papillae are undeveloped; pollen grains do not adhere.’
      • ‘A total of 75 taxa were examined for floral papillae and/or trichomes using light microscopy and/or low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy.’
      • ‘As the pollen presenters aged, the stigmatic papillae separated further forming a definite slit or groove.’
      • ‘The stigma consists of a long band of receptive tissue along the ventral side of the carpel, covered by long unicellular papillae.’
      • ‘In these plants, some sepals showed homeotic transformations to carpels, becoming fused and presenting ovules and stigmatic papillae.’

Origin

Late 17th century from Latin, literally ‘nipple’, diminutive of papula ‘small protuberance’.

Pronunciation

papilla

/pəˈpɪlə/