Patella Pa*tel"la, n.; pl. {Patell[ae]}. [L., a small pan, the kneepan, dim. of patina, patena, a pan, dish.] 1. A small dish, pan, or vase. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) The kneepan; the cap of the knee. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of a flattened cone. The common European limpet ({Patella vulgata}) is largely used for food. [1913 Webster]

4. (Bot.) A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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