alveola

noun
al·​ve·​o·​la | \ alˈvēələ \
plural alveolae\ -​ˌlē , -​ˌlī \

Definition of alveola

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 : alveolus

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First Known Use of alveola

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for alveola

New Latin, alteration of Latin alveolus small cavity

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“Alveola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alveola. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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