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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the small saclike dilations composing a compound gland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the small grains or drupelets which make up some kinds of fruit, as the blackberry, raspberry, etc.
  • n. A grape-stone.
  • n. One of the granular masses which constitute a racemose or compound gland, as the pancreas; also, one of the saccular recesses in the lobules of a racemose gland. - Richard Quain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. One of the small grains or drupelets which make up some kinds of fruit, as the blackberry, raspberry, etc.
  • n. A grapestone.
  • n. One of the granular masses which constitute a racemose or compound gland, as the pancreas; also, one of the saccular recesses in the lobules of a racemose gland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany: One of the small drupelets or berries of an aggregate baccate fruit, as the blackberry, etc., or the contained stone or seed. See cut under Rubus. A grape-stone.
  • n. In anatomy: Formerly, the smallest lobule of a gland, Now, generally, the smallest saccular subdivision of an acinose gland, several of which subdivisions make up a lobule. Also called alveolus. A lobule of the liver.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the small sacs or saclike dilations in a compound gland
  • n. one of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberry

Etymologies

Latin, berry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin acinus ("grape, grape-stone"). (Wiktionary)

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