from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A round seal affixed to a papal bull.
  • noun Medicine A large blister or vesicle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ornament in the form of a capsule or locket, in use among the ancient Romans, who adopted it from the Etruscans.
  • noun A seal attached to a document.
  • noun Any ornament of rounded form, especially if suspended, such as those which are attached by small chains to the Hungarian crown.
  • noun In pathology, a bleb or portion of epidermis raised by the extravasation of a transparent watery fluid, as in erysipelas, etc.
  • noun In anatomy, an inflated portion of the bony external meatus of the ear, forming a more or less well-marked prominence on each side at the base of the skull of many animals, usually constituted by a bulbous tympanic bone. Also called bulla ossea. See extract.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of tectibranchiate (or pleurobranchiate) gastropods, to which very different limits have been assigned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A bleb; a vesicle, or an elevation of the cuticle, containing a transparent watery fluid.
  • noun (Anat.) The ovoid prominence below the opening of the ear in the skulls of many animals.
  • noun A leaden seal for a document; esp. the round leaden seal attached to the papal bulls, which has on one side a representation of St. Peter and St. Paul, and on the other the name of the pope who uses it.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of marine shells. See Bubble shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine A blister, vesicle, or other thin-walled cavity or lesion.
  • noun archaeology A clay envelope or hollow ball, typically with seal impressions or writing on its outside indicating its contents.
  • noun historical In ancient Rome, a kind of amulet or boss.
  • noun Later, handwritten document from the papal chancellery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid
  • noun the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull


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

[Medieval Latin, from Latin, bubble, seal.]

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From Latin bulla ("bubble").


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  • Fancy name for a blister.

    December 22, 2007