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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A simple visual organ found in many invertebrates, consisting of pigment cells covering a sensory nerve termination.
  • n. An eyelike spot of color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the rudimentary sensory organs of many low animals which have been supposed to have a visual function. See eye, and cut under Balanoglossus.
  • n. The rudiment of an eye in the embryo of higher animals.
  • n. An ocellus.
  • n. In certain unicellular algæ, as Volvox, a (usually) reddish spot thought to resemble an eye in position and appearance.
  • n. An ocellated or eye-like spot, as those on the tail of a peacock.
  • n. Same as eyehole, 3.

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

  • n. an eyelike marking (as on the wings of some butterflies); usually a spot of color inside a ring of another color

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