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Latin. n. Small column pillar, pivot of oil-mill, stanchion of catapult, column tombstone.


 - n. (Bot.) (a) An axis to which a carpel of a compound pistil may be attached, as in the case of the geranium; or which is left when a pod opens. (b)A column like axis in the capsules of mosses.


 - (Anat.) A term applied to various column like parts; as, the columella, or epipterygoid bone, in the skull of many lizards; the columella of the ear, the bony or cartilaginous rod connecting the tympanic membrane with the internal ear.


 - (Zool.) (a) The upright pillar in the axis of most univalve shells. (b) The central pillar or axis of the calicles of certain corals.

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