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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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n, pl -tae (-tiː)
1. (Botany) any of numerous tubelike cavities containing oil or resin that occur in the fruits of certain plants, esp of parsley and other umbellifers
2. (Biology) biology a band or stripe of colour
[C17: from Latin: headband; related to viēre to plait]
ˈvittate adj
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n., pl. vit•tae (ˈvɪt i)
1. a tube or receptacle for oil, occurring in the fruits of most plants of the parsley family.
2. Zool. a streak or stripe of color on the body.
[1685–95; < Latin: ribbon, fillet, akin to viēre to weave together]
vit′tate (-eɪt) adj.
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It can be recognized apart from described congeneric species by its small size, proportionately long pubescence over a dull coarsely punctured dorsal integument, and the dark infuscate integument, with brown-yellow pronotal and elytral vittae.
Members of this genus were pale black to grey flies with the abdomen often yellow, and the mesonotum have two or four black vittae. Antenna inserted below mid level of eyes.
Black, dusted whitish on pleurae and buff to whitish on scutum; scutum with 4 pronounced dark brownish vittae, lateral ones relatively broader and detached at the suture by coloration and dust of pleura; hairs on thorax weak, whitish, coarser on pleura and calli; legs predominantly black, sparsely dusted whitish, with tips of femora and adjoining ends of tibiae yellowish, with whitish, weak hairs, relatively longer and coarser on femora; wings clear with brown to dark brown veins, anal lobe well developed, wider than anal cell.
Cada zooide porta vittae (surcos con poros) a lo largo de la linea lateral.
5A): Grey-dusted throughout, with three dark brown vittae running along the dorsocentral and acrostichal setae, diffusing over scutellum.
Fronto-orbital plate dark yellowish brown, narrowing anteriorly in a white pruinescent carina reaching the parafacial plate; posteriorly joining to the brownish vittae of the occiput; with two well developed fronto-orbital setae and several hair-like setulae on the pruinescent carina.
Trachyspermum ammi (Ajowan), from the Apiaceae family, is an important commercial product for the food/flavoring industry, and they accumulate up to 5% essential oil in compartments referred to as canals or vittae. Reports on the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties have been attributed to extracts of ajowan seeds (Gersbach et al.
Head yellow with antenna dark brown (Figures 10 and 11); mesosoma yellow, mesoscutum with lateral and anteromedian dark marks (not longitudinal vittae) (Figure 11) and with propodeum brownish yellow; metasoma reddish brown (Figure 10).
Head: Brown with reddish highlighting to uniformly reddish-brown, with indistinct darker red vittae; clypeus, mandibular and maxillary plates red, rarely with mandibular plates yellow; occipital region mostly red with yellow midline, sometimes yellowish-brown.
(2006) found that fruit characters in the studied genera, including developmental origin of the wings, shape of the carpel, presence of elongated oil canals (vittae), and other anatomical features, correspond with molecular cladograms giving added confidence to the taxonomic value of fruit characters in this group.