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 (lŏk′yo͞ol) or loc·u·lus (-yə-ləs)
n. pl. loc·ules or loc·u·li (-lī′)
A small cavity or compartment within an organ or part of an animal or plant, as any of the cavities within a plant ovary.

[Latin loculus, little place, diminutive of locus, place.]


(ˈlɒkjuːl) or


n, pl locules or loculi (ˈlɒkjʊˌlaɪ)
1. (Botany) botany any of the chambers of an ovary or anther
2. (Biology) biology any small cavity or chamber
[C19: New Latin, from Latin: compartment, from locus place]


(ˈlɒk yul)

a small compartment or chamber, as the pollen-containing cavity within an anther. Also called loculus.
[1885–90; < French < Latin loculus; see loculus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.locule - a small cavity or space within an organ or in a plant or animal
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
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Gynoecium initially bicarpellate, bilocular, and with two ovules per locule, gradually elongating from a yellowish green, completely submerged by the nectary disk, then turning asymmetric, conical, bright purplish-red, conspicuously exserted during anthesis, with one locule and three of the four ovules aborted; style and stigma not differentiated except by the subapical epidermal cells that are heavily striate during elongation.
The ovary is bilocular, but each locule is subdivided into two chambers.
seeds per locule, seeds per boll and seed index are important yield factors and plays imperative role in increasing seed cotton yield and cottonseed oil %.
Left side cyst was present measuring approximately 20*20 cm, multiloculated, one locule accidently got ruptured.
At the free microspore stage, a material with a similar electron density to sporopollenin fills the whole locule and deposits over the pollen grain wall.
Its pistillate flowers have six staminodia joined to form a circle, syncarpic, tricarpellary, trilocular gynoecium, one ovule to each locule, synascidiate in the ovary, and plicated above.
These are held within larger containers called locules (one locule is one segment of an orange).