from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A central European primrose (Primula auricula) having yellow flowers grouped in umbels.
  • noun Any of numerous hybrids of this species with other primroses, widely cultivated for their showy flowers in many different colors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a garden flower derived from the yellow Primula Auricula, found native in the Swiss Alps, and sometimes called bear's-ear from the shape of its leaves.
  • noun Same as auricle
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology, a genus of phytophagous or plant-eating pulmonate gastropods, typical of the family Auriculidæ. A. judæ and A. midæ are examples. They are known as ear-shells.
  • noun [NL.] In echinoderms, one of the perforated processes into which the ambulacral and sometimes the interambulacral plates are produced, and which arch over the interior of the ambulacra, as in the typical echini, or sea-urchins. See cut under Echinoidea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A species of Primula, or primrose, called also, from the shape of its leaves, bear's-ear.
  • noun A species of Hirneola (Hirneola auricula), a membranaceous fungus, called also auricula Judæ, or Jew's-ear.
  • noun A genus of air-breathing mollusks mostly found near the sea, where the water is brackish.
  • noun One of the five arched processes of the shell around the jaws of a sea urchin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun anatomy The external part of the ear
  • noun anatomy A small conical pouch projecting from either atrium of the heart
  • noun palynology A pronounced thickening at the corner of a trilete spore, beyond the end of the laesura
  • noun horticulture The ornamental primrose Primula auricula

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pouch projecting from the top front of each atrium of the heart
  • noun yellow-flowered primrose native to Alps; commonly cultivated


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, auricle; see auricle.]

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From Latin auricula


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  • The scientific name comes from the Latin 'auricula'-external ear of animals and' forma 'form, figure or shape', in allusion to the shape of the pod.

    Chapter 41 1990

  • The external ear is also called the auricula or pinna.

    The Anatomy of the Ear James Gurney 2009

  • The external ear is also called the auricula or pinna.

    Archive 2009-06-01 James Gurney 2009

  • The arteries of the auricula are the posterior auricular from the external carotid, the anterior auricular from the superficial temporal, and a branch from the occipital artery.

    X. The Organs of the Senses and the Common Integument. 1d. 1. The External Ear 1918

  • —The auricula is a small conical muscular pouch, the margins of which present a dentated edge.

    V. Angiology. 4b. The Heart 1918

  • Thus I saw a gardener sell a gentleman a large yellow auricula, that is to say, a _running away_, for

    The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.) Daniel Defoe 1696

  • This is due to the microclimatic conditions present in the collapsed galleries and the shallow chasms of the river valley, allowing Mediterranean species such as Adiantum capillus-veneris to grow beside Alpine species such as Primula auricula and Viola biflora.

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia 2008

  • Si quis nuptam stuprarit, virga virilis ei praeciditur; si mulier, nasus et auricula praecidatur.

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • Et sciatis me quandoque in tempore opportuno ab eis interrogasse de his signis, qui responderunt quòd inclinare caput Domino ad illius horæ momentum, foret confirmatio omnibus diebus vitæ suæ, ad obediendum ipsi et fidelitatem obseruandam imperio, nec posse corrumpi promissionibus siue donis, quódque digitum in auricula imponere, obturatio est auditus contra omnia

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville 2004

  • The poem is re-created in glowing phrases — “A rich distilled perfume emanates from it like the breath of genius; a golden cloud envelops it; a honeyed paste of poetic diction encrusts it, like the candied coat of the auricula”.

    The Common Reader, Second Series 2004


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