areole

noun
ar·​e·​ole | \ ˈer-ē-ˌōl How to pronounce areole (audio) , ˈa-rē- \

Definition of areole

: 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

First Known Use of areole

1874, in the meaning defined above

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“Areole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/areole. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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