noun, plural am·pul·lae [am-puhl-ee, –poo l-ee] /æmˈpʌl i, -ˈpʊl i/.

  1. Anatomy. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, especially of the semicircular canals of the ear.
  2. Zoology, Botany. any flask-shaped structure.
  3. Ecclesiastical.
    1. a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
    2. a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
  4. a two-handled bottle having a somewhat globular shape, made of glass or earthenware, used by the ancient Romans for holding oil, wine, or perfumes.
  5. Ichthyology. ampulla of Lorenzini.

noun plural -pullae (-ˈpʊliː)

  1. anatomy the dilated end part of certain ducts or canals, such as the end of a uterine tube
  2. Christianity
    1. a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
    2. a small flask for containing consecrated oil
  3. a Roman two-handled bottle for oil, wine, or perfume

late 14c., type of globular ancient Roman vessel; see ampoule.

n. pl. am•pul•lae (-pulē, -pŭlē)

  1. A dilated portion of a canal or duct, as in the semicircular canal of the ear.

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