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n. pl. pa·pil·lae (-pĭl′ē)
1. A small nipplelike projection, such as a protuberance on the skin, at the root of a hair or feather, or at the base of a developing tooth.
2. One of the small, round or cone-shaped protuberances on the top of the tongue that contain taste buds.
3. A pimple or pustule.
4. Botany A minute projection on the surface of a stigma, petal, or leaf.

[Latin, nipple, diminutive of papula, swelling, pimple.]

pap′il·lar′y (păp′ə-lĕr′ē, pə-pĭl′ə-rē) adj.
pap′il·late′ (păp′ə-lāt′, pə-pĭl′ĭt) adj.
pap·il·lose (păp′ə-lōs′, pə-pĭl′ōs′) adj.
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Adj.1.papillate - resembling or covered with papillae


, papillate
a. papilar, rel. a una papila.
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Unicellular papillate hairs appeared on marginal, dorsal, and ventral surfaces of the gametophytes.
Stigma morphology in the Leguminosae: The wet, papillate (WP) stigma in Caesalpinioideae.
Shapes ranged from spherical, ovoid, obpyriform, obturbinate, to ellipsoidal, but mostly papillate (C and D).
5 mm long, ovoid to globose, with obtuse, apiculate apex, irregularly transversely tuberculate and papillate, sometimes the papillae near the base elongate and spinulose; hypogynium narrow, somewhat trigonous, with 6 finely puberulent globose tubercles in distinct pairs.
3) The young of several cuckoo species (including all Coccyzinae) singularize themselves by the presence of white papillate patches in the oropharyngeal cavity (Fig 2).
Ice plant is 'An Old World annual herb of the carpetweed family with fleshy foliage covered with glistening papillate dots or vesicles.
Anterior segments (I-XII) are non-papillate and distinctly wider than posterior papillate segments which are 70 to 160 [micro]m wide (Figure 1).
1-6, 7); areoles closely opposed, may produce longitudinal ridges N No such hairs on lateral body surface P flanking cloacal aperture O Body dark brown; areoles irregularly Gordionus violaceus (Baird polygonal, not arranged in rows, well 1853) separated from one another by distinct interareolar region; interareolar spaces with small spinules or papillate processes; areoles not showing sexual dimorphism; hairline on male tail not reaching point of bifurcation of tail lobes (Fig.
Fruiting bodies: Stromata brick-red at maturity, eventually turning brownish-black to black with age; hemispherical, 3-7 mm across, confluent forming extensive lobed crusts; surface papillate with protruding tips of perithecia but ostiolar necks do not extend beyond the crust of the stroma; ostioles breaking exposing pore into perithecium.