Definitions

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

  • noun One of the small, corky, oval or elongated areas on the surface of a plant stem, trunk, or fruit that allow the interchange of gases between the interior tissue and the surrounding air.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a lens-shaped body of cells formed in the periderm or corky layer of bark, which by its enlargement soon ruptures the epidermis, or the older corky layers where such are present.
  • noun In anatomy, one of the small mucous crypts or follicles of the base of the tongue having the shape of a lentil; a lenticular gland.

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

  • noun One of the small, oval, rounded spots upon the stem or branch of a plant, from which the underlying tissues may protrude or roots may issue, either in the air, or more commonly when the stem or branch is covered with water or earth.
  • noun A small, lens-shaped gland on the under side of some leaves.

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

  • noun One of the small, oval, rounded spots upon the stem or branch of a plant, from which the underlying tissues may protrude or roots may issue, either in the air, or more commonly when the stem or branch is covered with water or earth.
  • noun A small, lens-shaped gland on the under side of some leaves.

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

  • noun one of many raised pores on the stems of woody plants that allow the interchange of gas between the atmosphere and the interior tissue

Etymologies

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

[New Latin lenticella, diminutive of lēns, lent-, lens; see lens.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French lenticelle, from Latin lens

Examples

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  • The little dots on fruits such as apples are lenticels.

    April 3, 2008

  • I think this has to go on reesetee's "It Has a Name?" list.

    April 3, 2008

  • Hmmm. What about the slightly larger marks that look like beauty spots? Are they lenticels or something else? Where's our resident Rosacean when we need him/her?

    April 3, 2008

  • Could be lenticel breakdown, an emerging disease of apples.

    April 3, 2008

  • Duly noted, c_b, and thanks, mollusque.

    April 3, 2008

  • This word still makes me think of Lent and cellulose acetate. Or lentils.

    April 10, 2008