1 a small nipple-shaped protuberance concerned with taste, touch, or smell; "the papillae of the tongue"
2 a small projection of tissue at the base of a hair or tooth or feather [also: papillae (pl)]
EtymologyLatin papilla, “nipple”
- A nipple-like anatomical structure.
The term papilla (plural: papillae) generally means a nipple-like structure, and may refer to:
On the tongue
On a fish
- Genital papilla, a small tube on fish anatomy, through which eggs or sperm are released
papilla in German: Papille
papilla in Swedish: Papill