Definitions

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

  • adj. Having three chamberlike divisions or cavities, as the capsule of a plant or the heart of a reptile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having three cells or cavities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having three cells or cavities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having three cells or compartments.

Etymologies

tri- +‎ locular (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Winged seeds are produced freely from the trilocular capsules which are 2-5 cm long: the seeds germinate readily.

    Chapter 37

  • The female flowers are followed by dehiscent capsules, usually trilocular, with 6 seeds, usually winged for wind dispersal, though many of the cultivated forms have become partially or highly sterile.

    Chapter 37

  • In Helianthemum the capsule has been described as unilocular or trilocular; and in H. mutabile, “Une lame, plus ou moins large, s’etend entre le pericarpe et le placenta.

    VII. Miscellaneous Objections to the Theory of Natural Selection

  • The heart is not quadrilocular (i.e., of four chambers), but trilocular (of three), and two structures, not seen in Lepus, the truncus arteriosus and the sinus venosus, into the latter of which the venous blood runs before entering the right auricle, are to be noted.

    Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata

  • Short in proportion to the Corolla tho wide or bulky; the Style is very long or longer than the stamens, simple, cilindrical, bowed or bent upwards, placed on the top of the germ, membranous shrivels and falls off when the pericarp has obtained it's full Size. the Stigma is three clefts very manute and pubescent. the pericarp is a capsule, triangular, oblong, obtuse, and trilocular with three longitudinal valves. the Seed So far as I could judge are noumerous not very manute and globilar.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

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