Lacunae



[luh-kyoo-nuh] /ləˈkyu nə/

noun, plural lacunae
[luh-kyoo-nee] /ləˈkyu ni/ (Show IPA), lacunas.
1.
a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus.
2.
Anatomy. one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.
3.
Botany. an air space in the cellular tissue of plants.
/ləˈkjuːnə/
noun (pl) -nae (-niː), -nas
1.
a gap or space, esp in a book or manuscript
2.
(biology) a cavity or depression, such as any of the spaces in the matrix of bone
3.
another name for coffer (sense 3)

plural of lacuna (q.v.).
n.

“blank or missing portion in a manuscript,” 1660s, from Latin lacuna “hole, pit,” diminutive of lacus “pond, lake” (see lake (n.1)). The Latin plural is lacunae. Related: Lacunal; lacunar; lacunose.

lacuna la·cu·na (lə-kyōō’nə)
n. pl. la·cu·nas or la·cu·nae (-nē)

la·cu’nal adj.

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