caruncle

noun
car·​un·​cle | \ˈker-ˌəŋ-kəl, ˈka-ˌrəŋ-, kə-ˈrəŋ- \

Definition of caruncle 

1 : a naked fleshy outgrowth (such as a bird's wattle)

2 : an outgrowth on a seed adjacent to the micropyle (see micropyle sense 1)

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In the developing embryo, the beak originates near the caruncle and then gradually expands backward. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "How Dinosaurs Swapped Terrifying Teeth for Bird Beaks," 26 Sep. 2017 Beaked groups like birds and turtles have caruncles, but snakes and nearly all lizards do not. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "How Dinosaurs Swapped Terrifying Teeth for Bird Beaks," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of caruncle

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caruncle

obsolete French caruncule, from Latin caruncula little piece of flesh, diminutive of caro flesh — more at carnal

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caruncle

noun
car·​un·​cle | \ˈkar-əŋ-kəl, kə-ˈrəŋ- \

Medical Definition of caruncle 

: a small fleshy growth specifically : a reddish growth situated at the urethral meatus in women and causing pain and bleeding — see lacrimal caruncle

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