American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A nipple or teat.
- n. A nipple-shaped protuberance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The nipple of the mammary gland.
- n. Some nipple-like or mammillary structure.
- n. In entomology, a small conical process or appendage on a surface; a mammula.
- n. [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of gastropods.
- n. In botany, applied specifically
- n. to tubercles on a plant-surface, as in Mamillaria
- n. to the apex of the nucleus of an ovule
- n. to granular prominences on some pollen-grains.
- n. anatomy The nipple.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) The nipple.
- n. the small projection of a mammary gland
- Latin, diminutive of mamma ("breast"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin mamilla, mammilla, diminutive of mamma, breast; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus is formed the prominent female breast (mamma), on the top of which rises the teat or nipple (mammilla).”
“Habet autem ftellasy i | i dextra manu quatuor, quae non occidunt: in capite claram vnam, in ftngulis humeris iingulas, in fingulis mammiliis ciaras iingulas, in dextra parte corporis fub mammilla obfcuram vnam, in dextro cubito claram vnam, inter vtraque genua claram vnam et; magnam, quae eft Arfturus: jn fingulis pedibus iingulas.”
“We must, indeed, in my opinion, separate them entirely from one another; and I would venture to propose for the group comprised in the old genus Podura, the term Collembola, as indicating the existence of a projection, or mammilla, enabling the creature to attach or glue itself to the body on which it stands. ”
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