uvula

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Uvula

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin ūvula (little grape), diminutive of Latin ūva (grape).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjuːv.jʊ.lə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈjuːv.jə.lə/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: uvular (in non-rhotic accents)

Noun[edit]

uvula (plural uvulas or uvulae or uvulæ)

  1. (anatomy) The fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate, that closes the nasopharynx during swallowing.
  2. (anatomy) The slight elevation in the mucous membrane immediately behind the internal urethral orifice of the urinary bladder, caused by the middle lobe of the prostate.
  3. (music) An object so suspended inside a bell that it may hit the bell and cause it to ring; a clapper.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from Late Latin ūvula (small grape), diminutive of Latin ūva. Doublet of uvule, another borrowing.

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uvula f (plural uvulas)

  1. uvula, palatine uvula

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Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin ūvula (little grape), diminutive of Latin ūva (grape).

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uvula (Jawi spelling اوۏولا, plural uvula-uvula, third person possessive uvulanya)

  1. (anatomy) Uvula (appendage that hangs from the palate)

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