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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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||cupule - 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)