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PU'PIL, n. [L. pupilla, dim. of pupa,pupus. See Pup.]
1. n. 1 a person who is taught by another, esp. a schoolchild or student in relation to a teacher. 2 Sc. Law a boy less than 14 or a girl less than 12 years in age. Derivatives: pupillage n. (also pupilage). pupillary adj. (also pupilary). Etymology: ME, orig. = orphan, ward f. OF pupille or L pupillus, -illa, dimin. of pupus boy, pupa girl 2. n. the dark circular opening in the centre of the iris of the eye, varying in size to regulate the passage of light to the retina. Derivatives: pupillar adj. (also pupilar). pupillary adj. (also pupilary). Etymology: OF pupille or L pupilla, dimin. of pupa doll (as PUPIL(1)): so called from the tiny images visible in the eye
Pupil Pu"pil, n. [F. pupille, n. fem., L. pupilla the pupil of the eye, originally dim. of pupa a girl. See Puppet, and cf. Pupil a scholar.] (Anat.) The aperture in the iris; the sight, apple, or black of the eye. See the Note under Eye, and Iris. Pin-hole pupil (Med.), the pupil of the eye when so contracted (as it sometimes is in typhus, or opium poisoning) as to resemble a pin hole. --Dunglison.
Pupil Pu"pil, n. [F. pupille, n. masc. & fem., L. pupillus, pupilla, dim. of pupus boy, pupa girl. See Puppet, and cf. Pupil of the eye.] 1. A youth or scholar of either sex under the care of an instructor or tutor. Too far in years to be a pupil now. --Shak. Tutors should behave reverently before their pupils. --L'Estrange. 2. A person under a guardian; a ward. --Dryden. 3. (Civil Law) A boy or a girl under the age of puberty, that is, under fourteen if a male, and under twelve if a female. Syn: Learner; disciple; tyro. -- See Scholar.
(pupils) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. The pupils of a school are the children who go to it. Over a third of those now at secondary school in Wales attend schools with over 1,000 pupils... N-COUNT 2. A pupil of a painter, musician, or other expert is someone who studies under that expert and learns his or her skills. After his education, Goldschmidt became a pupil of the composer Franz Schreker. N-COUNT: with poss 3. The pupils of your eyes are the small, round, black holes in the centre of them. N-COUNT
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