Definitions

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

  • n. A small, conical, fleshy mass of tissue suspended from the center of the soft palate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fleshy appendage that hangs from the back of the palate, that closes the nasopharynx during swallowing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The pendent fleshy lobe in the middle of the posterior border of the soft palate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small free conical body, projecting downward and backward from the middle of the pendulous margin of the soft palate, composed of the uvular muscles covered by mucous membrane. See cuts under tonsil and mouth.
  • n. A prominent section of the inferior vermiform process of the cerebellum, in advance of the pyramid, between the two lateral lobes known as the amygdalæ or tonsils: so called from being likened to the uvula of the palate.
  • n. A slight projection of mucous membrane from the bladder into the cystic orifice of the urethra; the uvula vesicæ luette vésicale, or uvula of the bladder.

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

  • n. a small pendant fleshy lobe at the back of the soft palate

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin ūvula, swollen uvula, diminutive of Latin ūva, grape, swollen uvula.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin uvula ("little grape"), diminutive of uva ("grape"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    April 10, 2008

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    April 10, 2008

  • Found a cool usage. "One reader barely escaped mid-smooch tragedy when a rubber band on his sweetheart's braces came unhooked and nearly shot him in the uvula. A direct hit would have triggered the same reflex that causes projectile vomiting."
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    April 10, 2008

  • "I met Uvula at the Cabal Club. She was an ice-cream sundae of glitter topped in a beret. I sat quietly at a stool next to her and she blew smoke over her shoulder, anywhere, away away, as if it might melt her illusion of perfection."

    December 5, 2007

  • And there's WeirdNet's continuing fascination with fleshy protuberances...

    December 5, 2007

  • Like Patella, this anatomical term sounds like a posh girl's name.

    October 6, 2007