Definitions

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

  • n. Variant of locule.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A little place or space; a cell; a chamberlet.
  • n. In ancient catacombs and tombs of some types, a small separate chamber or recess cut into the rock, for the reception of a body or urn.
  • n. One of the spaces between the septa in the Anthozoa.
  • n. One of the compartments of a several-celled ovary; loculament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the spaces between the septa in the Anthozoa.
  • n. One of the compartments of a several-celled ovary; loculament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little place or space; a cell; a chamberlet; generally, in bot., anat., and zoology, one of a number of small compartments or cells, separated from one another by septa, as in the tests of foraminifers; specifically, in corals, one of the spaces between the septa of the calcified cup or theca.
  • n. In ancient catacombs and tombs of some types, a small separate chamber or recess, for the reception of a body or of an urn, etc. When the body had been placed in the loculus the opening was closed with a slab of marble, or was otherwise built up. See cuts under cinerary and columbarium.
  • n. In zoology: Same as air-chamber, 4.

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

  • n. a small cavity or space within an organ or in a plant or animal

Etymologies

Latin, little place, diminutive of locus, place.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It was then placed on a stone shelf or in a niche known as a loculus carved into the bedrock wall of the tomb.

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  • A triple-coffin is constructed for the occupant of each loculus: a wooden box for the body is fully sealed inside a lead coffin (a plumber usually deals with the metalwork) and then placed inside a larger, decorative coffin.

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  • Also there were three skulls placed curiously on the floor of the tomb, each directly in front of a loculus or shaft holding ossuaries.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • Gibson spent several hours bent over on his hands and knees, squeezed into the narrow loculus.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • But finding a skeleton still laid out in a loculus and wrapped in its burial shroud was a first.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • As described in the Introduction, the corpse was laid out in a shaft or loculus to decompose and after a year the bones were gathered and placed in an ossuary or separate niche.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • Doric, the only sign of ornamentation found inside the tombs; a small break in the south-western wall connects it with the northernmost loculus of No. 2.

    The Land of Midian

  • The pentalocular ovary has numerous ovules in each loculus.

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  • The symbol of a foot was carved on the marble slab that closed the _loculus_ or tomb, to indicate that it was the purchased property of the person who reposed in it.

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • Ā—About the fourteenth week of embryonic life the dental lamina becomes enclosed in a trough or groove of mesodermal tissue, which at first is common to all the dental germs, but subsequently becomes divided by bony septa into loculi, each loculus containing the special dental germ of a deciduous tooth and its corresponding permanent tooth.

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