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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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n (Bot) → Becher m, → Cupula f (spec)
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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.
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