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1 yellow-flowered primrose native to Alps; commonly cultivated [syn: bear's ear, Primula auricula]
2 a pouch projecting from the top front of each atrium of the heart [syn: auricular appendage, auricular appendix] [also: auriculae (pl)]

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auris "ear" + -cula (diminutive suffix)


  1. The external part of the ear; ear-lap.
    • 54 B.C.: Marcus Tullius Cicero, letter to his brother Quintus, 3 June
      Tu, quemadmodum me censes oportere esse et in re publica et in mostris inimicitiis, ita et esse et fore auricula infima scito molliorem.
      Whatever line you think I ought to take in politics and in treating my opponents, be sure I shall take, and shall be "gentler than any ear-lap." — 1899-1912, Evelyn S. Shuckburgh, The letters of Cicero
  2. The ear itself.
    • 3rd–4th C. A.D.: Appendix Probi
      auris non oricla
      [Use] auris, not oricla.



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auricula in Dutch: Aurikel
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