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

  • noun A slash in or a slender lobe of a leaf or petal.
  • noun The apex of the insect maxilla.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a long slash or incision in a leaf, petal, or similar organ; also, one of the narrow lobes or segments resulting from such incisions.
  • noun In entomology, the apex of the maxilla, especially when it is slender and bladelike, as in many Coleoptera. See galea, 1 .
  • noun A genus of mollusks: same as Chama. Humphreys.
  • noun A genus of protozoans.

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

  • noun One of the narrow, jagged, irregular pieces or divisions which form a sort of fringe on the borders of the petals of some flowers.
  • noun A narrow, slender portion of the edge of a monophyllous calyx, or of any irregularly incised leaf.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The posterior, inner process of the stipes on the maxillæ of insects.

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

  • noun botany One of the narrow, jagged, irregular pieces or divisions which form a sort of fringe on the borders of the petals of some flowers.
  • noun botany A narrow, slender portion of the edge of a monophyllous calyx, or of any irregularly incised leaf.
  • noun zoology The posterior inner process of the stipes on the maxillae of insects.

Etymologies

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

[Latin, fringe, hem.]

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Latin, the lappet or flap of a garment.

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