Definition of pinna in English:


nounplural noun pinnae/ˈpinē/ /ˈpɪni/

  • 1Anatomy Zoology
    The external part of the ear in humans and other mammals; the auricle.

    ‘Under direct vision the excessive hair follicles of the external ear canal and pinna were targeted by the laser beam.’
    • ‘Patients with otitis externa experience pain on manipulation of the pinna or tragus, and their ear canal is edematous and filled with infectious debris.’
    • ‘Body piercing and multiple ear piercings in the pinna, rather than the earlobe, are catching on.’
    • ‘Contact dermatitis, irritant or allergic, can involve the pinna as well as the external auditory canal.’
    • ‘The pinnae of the ears are large and can fold back to protect the ears while the aardvark is burrowing.’
  • 2Botany
    A primary division of a pinnate leaf, especially of a fern.

    ‘Each leaf has many pinnae and a leaf axis that is subdivided into a midrib and a petiole.’
    • ‘If the primary pinnae are divided, then the individual divisions are known as pinnules.’
    • ‘Lepidoteris fronds typically have so-called intercalary pinnules along the rachis between the primary pinnae, and are covered with the characteristic blisters mentioned above.’
  • 3Zoology
    Any of a number of animal structures resembling fins or wings.

    • ‘They get their name from the Latin words pinna (feather or wing) and pedes (feet).’



/ˈpinə/ /ˈpɪnə/


Mid 17th century (denoting nasal cartilage): modern Latin, from Latin pinna ‘feather, wing, fin’, perhaps originally a regional variant of Latin penna ‘feather’.