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  • adj. furnished or covered with papillae

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, same as papillate.
  • In entomology, bearing one or more fleshy excrescences: specifically applied to the abdomen when two soft fleshy organs can be protruded from behind the penultimate segment, secreting a milky fluid, and yielding a strong unpleasant odor, as in certain Staphylinidæ.


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  • Bearing papillae. This would make the human tongue papilliferous, which sounds much better than it really is. ;-)

    November 20, 2007