Vitta definition

vĭtə
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The definition of a vitta is a stripe or line of a color or an oil tube in the fruit of certain plants such as parsley, turnip and carrot.

An example of a vitta is a blue streak on a bird's bill.

An example of a vitta is an place on a carrot where oil can collect.

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(zoology) A streak or band of color, as on the bill of a bird.
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(botany) An oil tube in the fruit of certain plants, especially those in the parsley family.
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(biol.) A band or streak of color.
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(bot.) An oil-bearing canal in the pericarp of the fruits of some dicotyledonous plants, as of a plant of the umbel family.
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(zoology) A longitudinal stripe.
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(botany) An oil tube in the fruit of some plants.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vitta
Plural:
vittae

Origin of vitta

  • Latin headband, ribbon wei- in Indo-European roots

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