Lunula definition

lo͝onyə-lə
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A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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Any structure or marking in the shape of a crescent, as the whitish half-moon at the base of a fingernail.
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A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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Something shaped like a crescent or half-moon; especially the pale area at the base of the fingernail.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lunula
Plural:
lunulae

Origin of lunula

  • New Latin lūnula from Latin crescent-shaped ornament diminutive of lūna moon leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition