metula

noun

met·​u·​la
ˈmechələ
plural metulae
-ˌlē
: one of the outermost branches of a conidiophore from which flask-shaped phialides radiate (as in molds of the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium)

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, small cone or pyramid, diminutive of meta cone, pyramid, boundary mark; perhaps akin to Old Norse meithr tree, Middle Irish methas boundary district, Sanskrit methī post, Latin munire to fortify

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“Metula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metula. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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