Definition of vitta in English:


Syllabification: vit·ta
Pronunciation: /ˈvitə

noun (plural vittae /ˈvitē, ˈvitī/)

1 Botany An oil tube in the fruit of some plants.
More 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.


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

Definition of vitta in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌōlēˈajənəs
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily