Meaning of papilla

pa•pil•la

Pronunciation: (pu-pil'u), [key]
— pl. -pil•lae
  1. any small, nipplelike process or projection.
  2. one of certain small protuberances concerned with the senses of touch, taste, and smell: the papillae of the tongue.
  3. a small vascular process at the root of a hair.
  4. a papule or pimple.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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