vitta

vitta

[vit-uh]
noun, plural vittae [vit-ee] .
1.
Botany. a tube or receptacle for oil, occurring in the fruits of most plants of the parsley family.
2.
Zoology, Botany. a streak or stripe, as of color.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin: ribbon, fillet, akin to viēre to weave together

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vitta (ˈvɪtə)
 
n , pl -tae
1.  any of numerous tubelike cavities containing oil or resin that occur in the fruits of certain plants, esp of parsley and other umbellifers
2.  biology a band or stripe of colour
 
[C17: from Latin: headband; related to viēre to plait]
 
'vittate
 
adj

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