ocelli

ocellus

[oh-sel-uhs]
noun, plural ocelli [oh-sel-ahy] .
1.
a type of simple eye common to invertebrates, consisting of retinal cells, pigments, and nerve fibers.
2.
an eyelike spot, as on a peacock feather.

Origin:
1810–20; < Latin: little eye, diminutive of oculus eye; see -elle

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To ocelli
Collins
World English Dictionary
ocellus (ɒˈsɛləs)
 
n , pl -li
1.  the simple eye of insects and some other invertebrates, consisting basically of light-sensitive cells
2.  any eyelike marking in animals, such as the eyespot on the tail feather of a peacock
3.  botany
 a.  an enlarged discoloured cell in a leaf
 b.  a swelling on the sporangium of certain fungi
 
[C19: via New Latin from Latin: small eye, from oculus eye]
 
o'cellar
 
adj
 
ocellate
 
adj
 
ocellated
 
adj
 
ocel'lation
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
ocellus   (ō-sěl'əs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural ocelli (ō-sěl'ī')
  1. A small, simple eye or eyespot, found in many invertebrates.

  2. A marking that resembles an eye, as on the wings of some butterflies.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature