ar·​e·​ole ˈer-ē-ˌōl How to pronounce areole (audio)
: a round or elongated often raised or depressed area on a cactus which is equivalent to a bud and from which spines, flowers, stems, or roots grow

Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of areole was in 1874

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“Areole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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