Variant of papilla
noun pl. papillae
- any small nipplelike projection or process of connective tissue, as the small elevations at the root of a developing tooth, hair, feather, etc. or the many and variously shaped elevations on the surface of the tongue
- Rare the nipple of the breast
- Bot. a tiny, protruding cell
Origin: L, dim. of papula, pimple: see papule
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