compound eye

noun

Definition of compound eye

: an eye (as of an insect) made up of many separate visual units

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For both dragonflies and damselflies, look for long, segmented bodies and large compound eyes. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Thief steals wire from home under construction: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 12 Apr. 2018 But that is only part of an uncanny, total focus, which cannot be experienced in real life (except perhaps by insects with compound eyes). Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Viewing Europe’s Houses of Worship in Wild Detail," 4 Apr. 2018 The tiny organ contains 100 ommatidia, or subunits that make up compound eyes found today in many insects, surrounding a light-sensing structure called a rhabdom. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Gaze Into a 530-Million-Year-Old Eye, the Oldest Yet Discovered," 11 Dec. 2017 The structure is very similar to compound eyes found in modern dragonflies and bees, but the ommatidia are spaced farther apart and the eye lacks a lens commonly found today. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Gaze Into a 530-Million-Year-Old Eye, the Oldest Yet Discovered," 11 Dec. 2017

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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