navicula

noun na·vic·u·la \nəˈvikyələ\

Definition of navicula

  1. 1 plural -s :  an incense boat

  2. 2a capitalized :  a very large genus (the type of the family Naviculaceae) of diatoms having a lanceolate or boat-shaped usually free-floating frustule covered with minute striae b -s :  a plant of the genus Navicula

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Origin and Etymology of navicula

in sense 1, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, small ship, diminutive of Latin navis ship; in sense 2, New Latin, from Latin


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