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[puh-pil-uh] /pəˈpɪl ə/

noun, plural papillae
[puh-pil-ee] /pəˈpɪl i/ (Show IPA)
any small, nipplelike process or projection.
one of certain small protuberances concerned with the senses of touch, taste, and smell:
the papillae of the tongue.
a small vascular process at the root of a hair.
a papule or pimple.
noun (pl) -lae (-liː)
the small projection of tissue at the base of a hair, tooth, or feather
any other similar protuberance
any minute blunt hair or process occurring in plants

plural papillae, 1690s, “nipple,” from Latin papilla “nipple,” diminutive of papula “swelling” (see pap (n.2)). Meaning “nipple-like protuberance” attested from 1713.

papilla pa·pil·la (pə-pĭl’ə)
n. pl. pa·pil·lae (-pĭl’ē)

pap’il·lar’y (pāp’ə-lěr’ē, pə-pĭl’ə-rē) adj.
pap’il·late’ (pāp’ə-lāt’, pə-pĭl’ĭt) adj.
pap·il·lose (pāp’ə-lōs’, pə-pĭl’ōs’) adj.
Plural papillae (pə-pĭl’ē)
A small part projecting from the surface of an organism. In mammals, the nipples of the mammary glands and the taste buds of the tongue are papillae. Papillae are often seen on the undersurfaces of mosses and ferns.


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