noun, plural am·pul·lae [am-puhl-ee, –poo l-ee] /æmˈpʌl i, -ˈpʊl i/.
- Anatomy. a dilated portion of a canal or duct, especially of the semicircular canals of the ear.
- Zoology, Botany. any flask-shaped structure.
- a vessel for the wine and water used at the altar.
- a vessel for holding consecrated oil.
- 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.
- Ichthyology. ampulla of Lorenzini.
noun plural -pullae (-ˈpʊliː)
- anatomy the dilated end part of certain ducts or canals, such as the end of a uterine tube
- a vessel for containing the wine and water used at the Eucharist
- a small flask for containing consecrated oil
- 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 (-pul′ē, -pŭl′ē)
- A dilated portion of a canal or duct, as in the semicircular canal of the ear.