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n. pl. vit·tae (vĭt′ē)
1. Zoology A streak or band of color, as on the bill of a bird.
2. Botany An oil tube in the fruit of certain plants, especially those in the parsley family.

[Latin, headband, ribbon; see wei- in Indo-European roots.]

vit′tate′ (vĭt′āt′) adj.
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Revision of the vittate species of the Chrysomelid beetle genus Disonycha from the Americas South of the United States.
Leaves distinctly vittate, vitta of elongate cells extended into each lobe; leaves falcate-lanceolate, deeply bifid (50-70% of the leaf), lobes lanceolate to acuminate .
1x as long as scutellum; vittate, with dark grey vitta through intra-alar region becoming brown at posterior end, with dark grey vitta through anterior half of acrostichal region coalescing with wider brown vitta in posterior half encompassing dorsocentral setae to posterior edge and extending through scutellum as dark grey vitta; setulose with 4 irregular rows between dorsocentral rows and 2 irregular rows between dorsocentral and intra-alar rows, but lacking setulae in posterior fifth, except for 1 or 2 pairs of slightly enlarged prescutellar acrostichal setulae.