ocellus

noun ocel·lus \ ō-ˈse-ləs \

Definition of ocellus

plural ocelli play \ō-ˈse-ˌlī, -(ˌ)lē\
1 :a minute simple eye or eyespot of an invertebrate
2 :an eyelike colored spot (as on a peacock feather or the wings of some butterflies)

ocellar

play \ō-ˈse-lər\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of ocellus

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of oculus eye — more at eye


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ocellus

noun ocel·lus \ ō-ˈsel-əs \

medical Definition of ocellus

plural ocelli play \-ˈsel-ˌī, -(ˌ)ē\
:a minute simple eye or eyespot of an invertebrate

ocellar

play \ō-ˈsel-ər\ adjective

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