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[lok-yool] /ˈlɒk yul/
noun, Biology
a small compartment or chamber, as the pollen-containing cavity within an anther.
Also called loculus.
1885-90; < French < Latin loculus; see loculus Unabridged
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Examples from the web for locule
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for locule


noun (pl) locules, loculi (ˈlɒkjʊˌlaɪ)
(botany) any of the chambers of an ovary or anther
(biology) any small cavity or chamber
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin: compartment, from locus place
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locule in Medicine

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

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locule in Science
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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