cu·​pule | \ ˈkyü-(ˌ)pyül How to pronounce cupule (audio) \

Definition of cupule

: a cup-shaped anatomical structure: such as
a : an involucre characteristic of the oak in which the bracts are indurated and coherent
b : an outer integument partially enclosing the seed of some seed ferns

Examples of cupule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until now, researchers had focused on a fossil cupule plant called Caytonia, discovered in Yorkshire, U.K., as the closest relative to angiosperms. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 The team found that, as with the outer seed coat in modern angiosperm seeds, the cupule tissue curved around the developing seeds. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of cupule

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cupule

New Latin cupula, from Late Latin, diminutive of Latin cupa tub — more at hive

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“Cupule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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