[fol-i-kuh l] /ˈfɒl ɪ kəl/


Botany. a dry seed vessel, or pod, consisting of a single carpel, splitting at maturity only along the front part of the suture.
any small sac or cavity in the body having an excretory, secretory, or protective function: a hair follicle
(botany) a dry fruit, formed from a single carpel, that splits along one side only to release its seeds: occurs in larkspur and columbine

early 15c., from French follicule or directly from Latin folliculus “little bag,” diminutive of follis “bellows, inflated ball,” from PIE *bhol-n-, suffixed form of root *bhel- (2) “to blow, swell” (see bole).

follicle fol·li·cle (fŏl’ĭ-kəl)



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