alveola

noun

al·​ve·​o·​la
alˈvēələ
plural alveolae
-ˌlē,
-ˌlī
1
: a small depression or pit: such as
a
: one of the pits in the naked receptacle of composite plants
b
: a pore of such fungi as Polyporus
c
: the pitted perithecium in certain fungi
2

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, alteration of Latin alveolus small cavity

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of alveola was in 1802

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“Alveola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alveola. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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