Definition of compound eye in English:

compound eye

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  • An eye consisting of an array of numerous small visual units, as found in insects and crustaceans. Contrasted with simple eye.
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    • In addition to ocelli and compound eyes, some insects are quite sensitive to sounds, and their chemoreceptive abilities are astounding.
    • Fiddler crabs, like their arthropod cousins the insects, have compound eyes.
    • A close-up view of a male blue dasher dragonfly shows the many lenslets of the insect's compound eyes.

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