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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; see cupola.]


(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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Growth was determined to be positive or negative based upon the presence or absence of turbidity in the cupules.
Sur un autre plan, les cupules de glands peuvent fournir d'excellentes teintures naturelles.
The cell suspensions from each strain were used to inoculate the cupules of the API ZYM strips.
This high landform he called "the hill of the Blood Sacrifice" or Kekip-Sesoators, and in addition to its lofty prominence he described the Sesoators, a boulder engraved with petroglyphs including a crescent moon, a star and numerous cupules and channels.
The first group includes depictions within a Polynesian tradition; for example, circles, concentric circles, cupules, turtles, an anthropomorphic face and a footprint (Figures 2, 3 and 6).
Development of inflorescences, cupules, and flowers in Amphipterygium, and comparison with Pistacia (Anacardiaceae).
En avant des encoches naturelles qui permettent aux scripteurs de peindre au-dessus du vide, l'abri presente aussi trois cupules de plus grande dimension creusees dans le rocher.
Face with dense cupules, 8 tibial spines--excludes Hekistolampus.
at Pessinus may be deduced from stones bearing incised libation cupules,
Although findings were based on samples from various types of formations that exist in Qatar, the study highlights the most common types of petroglyphs in the country called cupules.
To perform the assay, 20 [micro]L of the cell suspension was transferred into an ampule of ATB F2 medium and 135 [micro]L ATB F2 medium was dispensed into the ATB FUNGUS 3 strips which consist of 16 pairs of cupules, of which 15 pairs contained five antifungal agents at several concentrations, and a positive growth control was included that was free of any agent.