compound eye
noun Date: 1836 an eye (as of an insect) made up of many separate visual units

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  • compound eye — n. an eye made up of numerous simple eyes functioning collectively, as in insects: see INSECT …   English World dictionary

  • compound eye — noun in insects and some crustaceans: composed of many light sensitive elements each forming a portion of an image • Hypernyms: ↑eye, ↑oculus, ↑optic • Part Meronyms: ↑ommatidium * * * ˌcompound ˈeye 7 [compound eye] …   Useful english dictionary

  • compound eye — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms compound eye : singular compound eye plural compound eyes biology the type of eye that insects and crustaceans have, made from several different parts that are sensitive to light …   English dictionary

  • compound eye — Array of contiguous ommatidia having common optic nerve trunk; paired [Moore and McCormick, 1969]. Paired array of contiguous ommatidia having common optic nerve trunks [McLaughlin, 1980]. (Order Cladocera): One of two large photosensitive organs …   Crustacea glossary

  • compound eye — the multifaceted eye of arthropods composed of units (ommatidia), each of which contains all of the structural and functional elements of the eye (including lens, retina, and photoreceptor cells) …   Medical dictionary

  • compound eye — noun an eye consisting of an array of numerous small visual units, as found in insects and crustaceans. Contrasted with simple eye …   English new terms dictionary

  • compound eye — com′pound eye′ n. ent an eye, typical of insects, composed of many individual light sensitive units that form a mosaic of images on the retina …   From formal English to slang

  • compound eye — an arthropod eye subdivided into many individual, light receptive elements, each including a lens, a transmitting apparatus, and retinal cells. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • compound eye — /kɒmpaʊnd ˈaɪ/ (say kompownd uy) noun an arthropod eye subdivided into many individual light receptive elements, each including a lens, a transmitting apparatus, and retinal cells …   Australian English dictionary

  • compound eye — (ARTHROPODA) A composite optic organ, the external surface consisting of circular facets that are very close together, or of facets in contact and more or less hexagonal in shape; see mosaic theory …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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