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 (ə-rē′ə-lə, âr′ē-ō′lə)
n. pl. a·re·o·lae (-lē′) or a·re·o·las
1. A small ring of color around a center portion, as about the nipple of the breast or the part of the iris surrounding the pupil of the eye.
2. A small space or interstice in a tissue or part, such as the area bounded by small veins in a leaf or the wing of an insect. In both senses also called areole.

[Latin āreola, small open space, diminutive of ārea, open place; see area.]

a·re′o·lar, a·re′o·late (-lĭt) adj.
a·re′o·la′tion n.
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Adj.1.areolate - relating to or like or divided into areolaeareolate - relating to or like or divided into areolae; "areolar tissue"
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Surface of podetia areolate corticate, with cortex smooth, thin, scaling off to form podetial squamules, often finally becoming largely decorticate, usually moderately to richly squamulose (squamules to 2 x 2-3 mm); distal parts incompletely corticate, scabrose, micro-squamulose to granulose.
Pronotum alutaceous and densely pubescent, lateral surface with areolate sculpture, more apparent in the anterior margin (Fig.
Paranota areolate, slightly expanded; perpendicular to the pronotal disc anteriorly, subvertical, strongly projected and triangular at humeri (Fig.
Beauv Palynomorph: Areolate with medium scabrae-type, Spheroidal, Annulate, operculate, annulate, annulus reduced, annulus 3(mu)m in diameter, 0.
Pronotum: unicarinate, with a single median longitudinal carina; anteriorly without a small hood, but with a narrow collar terminating before lateral areolate margin; laterally pronotum without extensive areolate paranota, but carinate, and with anterior third enlarged, reflexed into notum and with 2-3 areoles; calli dark brown to black; pronotal width [male] 0.
homostylous, presumably distylous, stamens and pistil sub- pin-like equal in length CALYX LOBES Adjacent lobes conti- Adjacent lobes free, lobe IN BUD guous, lobe tips conco- tips free, red, not lorous, interlobe sinus contiguous, with interlobe absent when petals sinus obtriangular; imbricate, unopen; never hirsute or so on veins hirsute CALYX LOBES Lanceolate, broadly Triangular-acuminate IN FLOWER linear, the apex acute nearly obtuse CALYX LOBES Non-areolate between Areolate between costal IN FRUIT costal veins Obovate with veins Unguiculate base widely cuneate 0.
Thallus a thin black or yellow crust, or a lobulate, areolate yellow crust, or not evident (growing within substrate); apothecial disk and margin yellow 2.