Definition of vitta in English:

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vitta

Pronunciation: /ˈvidə/

noun (plural vittae /ˈvitē/ /ˈvitī/)

1 Botany An oil tube in the fruit of some plants.
Example sentences
  • The triglyceride and essential oil are located in separate, well-defined compartments, the seed endosperm and vittae, respectively.
  • In L. juncta, each pale yellow elytron has five black vittae, with vitta 1 bordering sutural margin and extending from just below the base to the apex.
  • The mericarp of Heracleum mantegazzianum can be distinguished from other similar fruits in the genus by its conspicuously expanded vittae.
2 Zoology A band or stripe of color.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'band, chaplet'.

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Syllabification: vit·ta

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