from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint. Also called kneecap.
- n. A dish-shaped anatomical formation.
- n. A pan or dish in ancient Rome.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sesamoid bone of the knee; the kneecap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small dish, pan, or vase.
- n. The kneecap; the kneepan; the cap of the knee.
- n. A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of a flattened cone. The common European limpet (Patella vulgata) is largely used for food.
- n. A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small pan, vase, or dish.
- n. In anatomy, a small movable bone situated in front of the knee-joint, which it helps to form. Also called knee-pan, kneecap, rotula, or great sesamoid. See cuts under knee-joint, Catarrhina, and Elephantinæ.
- n. In zoology: A cotyle; a cup-like formation.
- n. A limpet of the genus Patella.
- n. In entomology, the first joint of the coxa.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In conchology, a Linnean genus of gastropods, type of the family Patellidæ, to which very different limits have been assigned.
- n. In botany, an orbicular apothecium with a marginal rim.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
- n. type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets
Latin, diminutive of patina, plate, pan; see paten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin patella ("a small pan or dish, a plate; the kneepan, patella"), diminutive of patina ("a broad shallow dish, pan"). (Wiktionary)