pax·​il·​la | \ pakˈsilə \
plural paxillae\ -​iˌlē \

Definition of paxilla

: a spine like a pillar with a flattened summit bearing minute spinules or granules in various starfishes

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Other Words from paxilla

paxillar \ -​lə(r) \ adjective
paxillate \ -​lə̇t , -​ˌlāt \ adjective
paxilliferous \ ¦paksə¦lif(ə)rəs \ adjective
paxilliform \ pakˈsiləˌfȯrm \ adjective

History and Etymology for paxilla

New Latin, from Latin paxillus peg, diminutive of palus stake

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“Paxilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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