compound eyne

compound eye

noun
an arthropod eye subdivided into many individual, light-receptive elements, each including a lens, a transmitting apparatus, and retinal cells.

Origin:
1830–40

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compound eye
 
n
See also ocellus the convex eye of insects and some crustaceans, consisting of numerous separate light-sensitive units (ommatidia)

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compound eye  
An eye consisting of hundreds or thousands of tiny light-sensitive parts (called ommatidia), with each part serving to focus light on the retina to create a portion of an image. Most insects and some crustaceans have compound eyes.
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