Anat. an almond-shaped structure; esp., a small, round mass of gray matter in the front part of the temporal lobe of the brain
Origin of amygdalaMiddle English amigdale ; from Classical Latin amygdala, almond
Either of two small, almond-shaped masses of gray matter that are part of the limbic system and are located in the temporal lobes of the cerebral hemispheres. Also called amygdaloid nucleus.
Origin of amygdalaLatin, almond, from Greek amugdal&emacron;.
(plural amygdalas or amygdalae)
Because of its shape, from Latin amygdala (“almond”), from Ancient Greek ἀμυγδάλη (amugdalē, “almond”).