locule

[lok-yool]
noun Biology.
a small compartment or chamber, as the pollen-containing cavity within an anther.
Also called loculus.


Origin:
1885–90; < French < Latin loculus; see loculus

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locule or loculus (ˈlɒkjuːl, ˈlɒkjʊləs)
 
n , pl locules, loculi
1.  botany any of the chambers of an ovary or anther
2.  biology any small cavity or chamber
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: compartment, from locus place]
 
loculus or loculus (ˈlɒkjuːl, ˈlɒkjʊləs, ˈlɒkjʊˌlaɪ)
 
n
 
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: compartment, from locus place]

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locule loc·ule (lŏk'yōōl) or loc·u·lus (-yə-ləs)
n.
A small cavity or compartment within an organ or a part of an animal.

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locule   (lŏk'yl)  Pronunciation Key 
A small cavity or compartment within an organ or part of an animal or plant, as any of the cavities within a plant ovary in which the ovules develop.
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Melons were cut in half longitudinally and heart and locule tissues were sampled.
The tapetum is a nutritive cell layer that lines the locule containing the developing microsporocytes.
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