One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small rounded protuberance on a part or organ of the body.
- ‘Within the dental papilla, the vessels are mostly orientated toward the cusp, but peripherally, fine-caliber vessels are observed.’
- ‘In contrast, C. comptonensis microsporophyll heads have a cutinized hypodermis, and distinctly conical epidermal papillae with pointed apices.’
- ‘Red hypertrophic papillae can be found under the upper eyelid.’
- ‘Gross and histologic examination of the excised specimen revealed a pancreatic serous cystadenoma with multifocal papillae.’
- ‘The size and shape of the foliate papillae on the posterolateral margins of the tongue are variable.’
- 1.1 A small fleshy projection on a plant.
- ‘A total of 75 taxa were examined for floral papillae and/or trichomes using light microscopy and/or low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy.’
- ‘The stigma consists of a long band of receptive tissue along the ventral side of the carpel, covered by long unicellular papillae.’
- ‘When the flower opens, styles are short and the stigma papillae are undeveloped; pollen grains do not adhere.’
- ‘In these plants, some sepals showed homeotic transformations to carpels, becoming fused and presenting ovules and stigmatic papillae.’
- ‘As the pollen presenters aged, the stigmatic papillae separated further forming a definite slit or groove.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘nipple’, diminutive of papula ‘small protuberance’.
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