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n. pl. lu·nu·lae (-lē′)
A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.

[New Latin lūnula, from Latin, crescent-shaped ornament, diminutive of lūna, moon; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈluːnjʊlə) or


n, pl -nulae (-njʊˌliː) or -nules
(Anatomy) the white crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail. Nontechnical name: half-moon
[C16: from Latin: small moon, from lūna]


(ˈlu nyə lə)

also lu•nule


n., pl. -nu•lae (-nyəˌli) also -nules.
something shaped like a narrow crescent.
[1565–75; < Latin lūnula, derivative of lūn(a) moon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lunula - the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernaillunula - the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
nail - horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
2.lunula - a crescent-shaped metal ornament of the Bronze Age
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify


n pl <-e> → Lunula f (spec), → Nagelmöndchen nt