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cupule

[kyoo-pyool] /ˈkyu pyul/
noun
1.
Botany.
  1. a cup-shaped whorl of hardened, cohering bracts, as in the acorn.
  2. a cup-shaped outgrowth of the thallus of certain liverworts.
  3. the apothecium of a cup fungus.
2.
Zoology. a small cup-shaped sucker or similar organ or part.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Neo-Latin cūpula, Late Latin: small tub; see cupola
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Examples for cupule
  • Many of the cupule features are located under the thick growth of western chokecherry that covers the site.
  • Interspersed between them are other smaller middens and a large cupule boulder.
British Dictionary definitions for cupule

cupule

/ˈkjuːpjuːl/
noun
1.
(biology) a cup-shaped part or structure, such as the cup around the base of an acorn
Word Origin
C19: from Late Latin cūpula; see cupola
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