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[ahy-spot] /ˈaɪˌspɒt/
a sensory organ of lower animals, having a light-perceiving function.
an eyelike spot, as on the tail of a peacock; eye.
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 of eyespot
1580-90; eye + spot Unabridged
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  • But it was the other invertebrate lineages that would take the simple eyespot and turn it into something incredible.
  • Sharp eyespot lesions are more superficial and more sharply outlined than those typical of eyespot.
  • Inheritance of resistance of wheat to eyespot at the adult stage.
  • Such embryos showed complete rescue of larval eyespot pigmentation.
British Dictionary definitions for eyespot


a small area of light-sensitive pigment in some protozoans, algae, and other simple organisms
an eyelike marking, as on the wings of certain butterflies
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eyespot in Science
  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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