eyespot

noun eye·spot \ ˈī-ˌspät \

Definition of eyespot

1 : a usually small spot of color (as on the wing of a butterfly) that resembles an eye
2 a : a simple visual organ of pigment or pigmented cells covering a sensory termination : ocellus
b : a small pigmented body of various unicellular algae
3 : any of several fungal diseases of cultivated grasses (such as corn, wheat, and sugarcane) characterized by yellowish oval lesions on the leaves and stem

Examples of eyespot in a Sentence

  1. a tie having eyespots of blue on a light gray background

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First Known Use of eyespot

1798

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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eyespot

noun eye·spot \ ˈī-ˌspät \

medical Definition of eyespot

1 : a simple visual organ of pigment or pigmented cells covering a sensory termination : ocellus
2 : a small pigmented body of various unicellular algae


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