Auricle Au"ri*cle, n. [L. auricula, dim. of auris ear. See {Ear}.] 1. (Anat.) (a) The external ear, or that part of the ear which is prominent from the head. (b) The chamber, or one of the two chambers, of the heart, by which the blood is received and transmitted to the ventricle or ventricles; -- so called from its resemblance to the auricle or external ear of some quadrupeds. See {Heart}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An angular or ear-shaped lobe. [1913 Webster]

3. An instrument applied to the ears to give aid in hearing; a kind of ear trumpet. --Mansfield. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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