Definition of “papilla” - English Dictionary

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“papilla” in British English

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papillanoun [ C ]

uk /pəˈpɪl.ə/ us /pəˈpɪl.ə/ plural papillae /pəˈpɪl.iː/ specialized

a small, round raised structure at the base of hair or teeth, or on the tongue, where it is involved in taste:

Hair begins growing in a tube called the papilla.

(Definition of “papilla” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)