- a scar on a seed, marking the place where it was attached to the seed stalk
- the nucleus in a starch grain
Origin of hilumModern Latin from L, little thing
- a. The scar on a seed, such as a bean, indicating the point of attachment to the funiculus.b. The nucleus of a starch grain.
- The area through which ducts, nerves, or blood vessels enter and leave a gland or organ.
Origin of hilumLatin hīlum trifle
- (botany) The eye of a bean or other seed; the mark or scar at the point of attachment of an ovule or seed to its base or support.
- (botany) The nucleus of a starch grain.
- (anatomy) A depression or fissure through which ducts, nerves, or blood vessels enter and leave a gland or organ. Also called porta.
From Latin hilum (“a trifle; a spot on a seed”).