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Latin auricula


auricula (plural auriculae)

  1. (anatomy) The external part of the ear
  2. (anatomy) A small conical pouch projecting from either atrium of the heart
  3. (palynology) A pronounced thickening at the corner of a trilete spore, beyond the end of the laesura
  4. (horticulture, plural: auriculas) The ornamental primrose Primula auricula
    • 1919, Michael Wood, The White Island[1], page 122:
      Réné came on quietly, his trowel in one hand, some auricula roots in the other.


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From auris (ear) +‎ -cula.



auricula f (genitive auriculae); first declension

  1. The external part of the ear; ear-lap.
    • 54 BCE June 3, Marcus Tullius Cicero, in a letter to his brother Quintus:
      Tu, quemadmodum me censes oportere esse et in re publica et in nostris inimicitiis, ita et esse et fore auricula infima scito molliorem.
      Whatever line you think I ought to take in politics and in treating my opponents, be sure I shall take, and shall be "gentler than any ear-lap." — 1899-1912, Evelyn S. Shuckburgh, The letters of Cicero
  2. The ear itself.

auricula f

  1. vocative singular of auricula

auriculā f

  1. ablative singular of auricula


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative auricula auriculae
genitive auriculae auriculārum
dative auriculae auriculīs
accusative auriculam auriculās
ablative auriculā auriculīs
vocative auricula auriculae


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  • Spanish: aurícula
  • Vulgar Latin: oricla (see there for further descendants)


  • auricula in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • auricula in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “auricula”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • auricula in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette