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From Latin pērula, diminutive of pera (wallet), from Ancient Greek [Term?]. Compare French pérule.


perula (plural perulae)

  1. (botany) One of the scales of a leaf bud.
  2. (botany) A pouchlike portion of the perianth in certain orchids.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for perula in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Etymology 1[edit]

The diminutive form of pēra (a bag”, “a wallet), formed as pēra +‎ -ula (suffix forming feminine diminutives).



pērula f (genitive pērulae); first declension

  1. a little wallet, a pocket
    1. in literal use
    2. (transferred sense, comical) a tumescent womb or paunch

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pērula pērulae
genitive pērulae pērulārum
dative pērulae pērulīs
accusative pērulam pērulās
ablative pērulā pērulīs
vocative pērula pērulae


Etymology 2[edit]

From pirum (a pear).

Alternative forms[edit]



perula f (genitive perulae); first declension

  1. (Medieval Latin) pearl (shelly concretion, usually found in oysters, and often valued in a manner akin to semi-precious jems)
    • 1272, an unknown source in The Natural History of Precious Stones and of the Precious Metals (1867), viii, page 269:
      Una Perla ad modum camahuti.
      A pearl in the manner of a cameo.

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative perula perulae
genitive perulae perulārum
dative perulae perulīs
accusative perulam perulās
ablative perulā perulīs
vocative perula perulae


  • perula in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “perula”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • perula” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Jan Frederik Niermeyer, Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus : Lexique Latin Médiéval–Français/Anglais : A Medieval Latin–French/English Dictionary, fascicle I (1976), page 794/2, “perula”