eye spots

eyespot

[ahy-spot]
noun
1.
a sensory organ of lower animals, having a light-perceiving function.
2.
an eyelike spot, as on the tail of a peacock; eye.
3.
Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by elliptical lesions on the leaves and stems, stunting of growth, and rotting, caused by any of several fungi.

Origin:
1580–90; eye + spot

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eyespot (ˈaɪˌspɒt)
 
n
1.  a small area of light-sensitive pigment in some protozoans, algae, and other simple organisms
2.  an eyelike marking, as on the wings of certain butterflies

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eyespot   (ī'spŏt')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An area that is sensitive to light and functions somewhat like an eye, found in certain single-celled organisms as well as many invertebrate animals.

  2. A round marking resembling an eye, as on the tail feather of a peacock.


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