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vitta

[vit-uh] /ˈvɪt ə/
noun, plural vittae
[vit-ee] /ˈvɪt i/ (Show IPA)
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
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin: ribbon, fillet, akin to viēre to weave together
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vitta

/ˈvɪtə/
noun (pl) -tae (-tiː)
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
Derived Forms
vittate, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: headband; related to viēre to plait
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