Definitions

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

  • n. Zoology A streak or band of color, as on the bill of a bird.
  • n. Botany An oil tube in the fruit of certain plants, such as the carrot or parsley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A longitudinal stripe
  • n. An oil tube in the fruit of some plants

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the oil tubes in the fruit of umbelliferous plants.
  • n. A band, or stripe, of color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A headband,fillet,or garland; specifically, among the ancient Greeks and Romans, a band or fillet used as a decoration of sacred persons or things, as of priests, victims, statues, and altars.
  • n. One of the in-fulæ or lappets of a miter.
  • n. In botany, an oil-tube, or receptacle for oil, found in the fruits of most Umbelliferæ.
  • n. In zoöl., a band; a streak or stripe, as of color or tex- ture; a fascia.

Etymologies

Latin, headband, ribbon; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Arachu vitta sambar - Sheela from Delectable Victuals

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  • Chinna vengaya araichu vitta sambar... ahhhh, how I love that too!

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  • However, when I want to make that coconut chutney, or 'arachu vitta sambhar' Sambhar with freshly ground masala or use it for a garnish, I like to have fresh grated coconut on hand.

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  • _ Cinerea; capite albido; antennarum articulo tertio albido apice nigro; thorace vitta fusca, scutello albido, abdomine nigro; pedibus albidis nigro fasciatis; alis albis, maculis plurimis nigricantibus ex parte confluentibus; halteribus albidis.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • _ Fulvus, latiusculus; antennarum articulo tertio piceo angusto lineari longissimo; abdomine vitta tenui nigricante; alis limpidis, costa vittaque postica fuscescentibus.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • Nigra; capite testaceo apud oculos albido, fronte ochracea; antennis piceis basi rufescentibus; thorace vitta lata cana; abdomine fulvo, disco nigro cupreo; pedibus fulvis, femoribus anticis apice tibiisque anticis basi nigris; alis sublimpidis, fascia media lata postice abbreviata guttam limpidam subcostalem includente lineaque transversa exteriore nigricantibus; halteribus testaceis.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • _ Viridi-cinerea; capite testaceo, vittis tribus anticis nigris, oculis subpetiolatis; antennis nigris; thorace vittisquatuor purpureo-nigris, scutello cyaneo basi viridi, pectore fulvo; abdomine viridi-fulvo; pedibus nigris, femoribus basi luteis, tibiis luteo fasciatis; alis subcinereis, vitta costali nigricante interrupta lurida strigata, vena transversa discali fusco nebulosa; halteribus testaceis apice nigris.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • _ Nigro-viridis; capite piceo apud oculos albido; antennis rufescentibus; thorace vitta abdomineque fasciis cinereis; pedibus nigris; alis limpidis, vittis tribus nigris, prima postice abbreviata, secunda tertiaque latis; halteribus albidis.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • _ Nigra, subtus albida, capite argenteo, thorace fasciis duabus (prima interrupta) albis, abdomine vitta tenui fasciisque interruptis albidis, alis cinereis, halteribus testaceis.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

  • _ Nigra; capite fulvo apud oculos albido, fronte ochracea; antennis rufescentibus; thorace vitta cana; abdomine purpureo apice cyaneo; pedibus nigris, femoribus anticis tarsisque testaceis; alis sublimpidis, fascia lata media postice abbreviata, guttis interioribus lineaque transversa exteriore nigricantibus.

    Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology

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  • 1. Zoology A streak or band of color, as on the bill of a bird.

    2. Botany An oil tube in the fruit of certain plants, such as the carrot or parsley.

    vitate adj.

    September 23, 2009