Definitions

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

  • n. A small tooth or toothlike projection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small tooth
  • n. A pulp stone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small tooth or projecting point.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small tooth or projecting point; a denticulation; specifically, one of the long slender elements of the morphologically compound teeth of the Cape ant-eater, Orycteropus capensis, the only example of such structure among mammals.
  • n. Any small toothed or tooth-like part: as, the shagreen denticles of the shark.
  • n. In the graptolites (Hydrozoa), one of the thecæ. See theca, 1 .

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

  • n. small pointed ridge on the exoskeleton of an arthropod

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin denticulus, diminutive of dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The transitory and singularly small and simple denticle in the horse exemplifies the rudiment of an ancestral structure in the same degree as do the hoofless splint-bones; just as the spurious hoofs dangling therefrom in hipparion are retained rudiments of the functionally developed lateral hoofs in the broader foot of palæotherium.

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  • Claus, that the "green gland" really opens at the end of the process described by Milne-Edwards as a "tubercule auditif" and by Spence Bate as an "olfactory denticle."

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  • Well, I seed little chance of ever seeing them again, or of my seeing five shillings, but as it so happened next tide, the very 'denticle pair of trowsers comes up staring me in the face.

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  • Wild type has alternating denticle bands (arrow) and naked cuticle (arrowhead), with each mutant lacking denticle bands.

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