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 (no͞o-sĕl′əs, nyo͞o-)
n. pl. nu·cel·li (-sĕl′ī) Botany
The central portion of an ovule in which the embryo sac develops.

[New Latin, from nux, nuc-, nut.]

nu·cel′lar adj.


n, pl -li (-laɪ)
(Botany) the central part of a plant ovule containing the embryo sac
[C19: New Latin, from Latin nucella, from nux nut]
nuˈcellar adj


(nuˈsɛl əs, nyu-)

n., pl. -cel•li (-ˈsɛl aɪ)
the central cellular mass of the body of the ovule, containing the embryo sac.
[1880–85; < New Latin < Latin nuc- (s. of nux) nut]
nu•cel′lar, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nucellus - central part of a plant ovulenucellus - central part of a plant ovule; contains the embryo sac
ovule - a small body that contains the female germ cell of a plant; develops into a seed after fertilization
plant part, plant structure - any part of a plant or fungus
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