auricula

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See also: aurícula

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin auricula (the external ear; the ear). Doublet of auricle.

Noun[edit]

auricula (plural auriculae or auriculas)

  1. (anatomy) The external part of the ear.
    Synonyms: pinna, auricle
  2. (anatomy) A small conical pouch projecting from either atrium of the heart.
    Synonyms: atrial appendage, auricular appendix, auricle
  3. (palynology) A pronounced thickening at the corner of a trilete spore, beyond the end of the laesura.
    Synonym: valva
  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.
    Synonym: bear's ear

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Etymology[edit]

From auris (the ear) +‎ -cula (diminutive suffix).

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Noun[edit]

auricula f (genitive auriculae); first declension

  1. Diminutive of auris:
    1. (anatomy) external ear, earlap
      • 54 B.C.E., Marcus Tullius Cicero, Epistulae ad Quintum Fratrem[2]:
        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.
    2. (in general) ear
      Synonym: auris

Inflection[edit]

First-declension noun.

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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