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A small cup-shaped structure or organ, such as the cup at the base of an acorn or one of the suckers on the feet of certain flies.

[Late Latin cūpula, little cask, diminutive of Latin cūpa, tub.]


(Biology) biology a cup-shaped part or structure, such as the cup around the base of an acorn
[C19: from Late Latin cūpula; see cupola]


(ˈkyu pyul)

1. a cup-shaped whorl of hardened, cohering bracts, as in the acorn.
2. a small cup-shaped sucker or similar organ or part.
[1820–30; < New Latin cūpula, Late Latin: small tub]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cupule - cup-shaped structure of hardened bracts at the base of an acorncupule - cup-shaped structure of hardened bracts at the base of an acorn
acorn - fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base
cup - cup-shaped plant organ
2.cupule - a sucker on the feet of certain flies
sucker - an organ specialized for sucking nourishment or for adhering to objects by suction


n (Bot) → Becher m, → Cupula f (spec)
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Tests for citrate (CIT), acetoin production (VP) and gelatinase utilization (GEL) were performed by filling both the well and cupule of the test strips.
This shoot comprises six leaves, decussately arrayed in three pairs that, together, form a cupule in the center of which forms the gemma.
Also, in some researchers the antibacterial activities of different parts of oak have been studied [10, 11], According to this fact, the present study aimed to screen antibacterial properties of the extracts of cupule and peel from oak against two positive and two negative bacteria.
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The hypogynous stalk together with the cupule was called "gynophore" by Haines and Lye (1983).
Cupule panels: a single complex has been located with five large and vertical panels of pecked cupules.
Female flower and cupule structure in Balanopaceae, an enigmatic rosid family.
The relatively small (10-15 mm diameter), ovoid-triangular nuts are produced in a four-valved, leathery cupule that is usually covered with short, recurved appendages.
A pit or cupule 4 X 4cm diameter associated with a maze or grid design, approximately 40cm from ground level (Sample EM 1; see Figure 4).
Inception of the cupule of Quercus macrocarpa and Fagus grandifolia.
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Cupule engravings from Jinmium- Granilpi (northern Australia) and beyond: exploration of a widespread and enigmatic class of rock markings, Antiquity 71: 942-66.