noun, plural uvulas, uvulae [yoo-vyuh-lee] . Anatomy.
the small, fleshy, conical body projecting downward from the middle of the soft palate. See diag. under mouth.
a similar structure in any organ of the body, especially one at the opening of the bladder.

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin ūvula, equivalent to Latin ūv(a) ‘grape’ + -ula -ule

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uvula (ˈjuːvjʊlə)
n , pl -las, -lae
a small fleshy finger-like flap of tissue that hangs in the back of the throat and is an extension of the soft palate
[C14: from Medieval Latin, literally: a little grape, from Latin ūva a grape]

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1392, from L.L. uvula, from L. uvola "small bunch of grapes," dim. of uva "grape," which is of unknown origin. So called from fancied resemblance of the organ to small grapes.
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uvula u·vu·la (yōō'vyə-lə)
n. pl. u·vu·las or u·vu·lae (-lē)
A small conical pendent fleshy mass of tissue, especially the uvula palatina.

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uvula   (y'vyə-lə)  Pronunciation Key 
A small mass of fleshy tissue that hangs from the back of the soft palate.
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