Pa*tel"la (?), n.; pl. Patellae (#). [L., a small pan, the kneepan, dim. of patina, patena, a pan, dish.]

1.

A small dish, pan, or vase.

2. Anat.

The kneepan; the cap of the knee.

<-- kneecap -->

3. Zool.

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.

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.

 

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