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Follicle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FOL'LICLE, n. [L. folliculus, from follis, a bag or bellows.]
1. In botany, a univalvular pericarp; a seed vessel opening on one side longitudinally, and having the seeds loose in it.
2. An air bag; a vessel distended with air; as at the root in Utricularia, and on the leaves in Aldrovanda.
3. A little bag, in animal bodies; a gland; a folding; a cavity.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: any small spherical group of cells containing a cavity

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin folliculus, from Latin, diminutive of follis bag more at fool Date: 1646 1. a. a small anatomical cavity or deep narrow-mouthed depression b. a small lymph node c. a vesicle in the mammalian ovary that contains a developing egg surrounded by a covering of cells; especially graafian follicle 2. a dry dehiscent one-celled many-seeded fruit (as of the milkweed) that has a single carpel and opens along one suture follicular adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a small sac or vesicle. 2 a small sac-shaped secretory gland or cavity. 3 Bot. a single-carpelled dry fruit opening on one side only to release its seeds. Derivatives: follicular adj. folliculate adj. folliculated adj. Etymology: L folliculus dimin. of follis bellows

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Follicle Fol"li*cle, n. [L. folliculus a small bag, husk, pod, dim of follis bellows, an inflated ball, a leathern money bag, perh. akin to E. bellows: cf. F. follicule. Cf. 2d Fool.] 1. (Bot.) A simple podlike pericarp which contains several seeds and opens along the inner or ventral suture, as in the peony, larkspur and milkweed. 2. (Anat.) (a) A small cavity, tubular depression, or sac; as, a hair follicle. (b) A simple gland or glandular cavity; a crypt. (c) A small mass of adenoid tissue; as, a lymphatic follicle.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(follicles) A follicle is one of the small hollows in the skin which hairs grow from. N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

alveolation, alveolus, antrum, armpit, basin, boll, bowl, burr, capsule, cavity, cod, concave, concavity, crater, crypt, cup, depression, dip, fold, funnel chest, hole, hollow, hollow shell, hull, husk, lacuna, legume, legumen, pease cod, pericarp, pit, pocket, pod, punch bowl, scoop, seed pod, seed vessel, seedbox, seedcase, shell, silique, sink, sinus, socket, trough, vug


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