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Daemon
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patella

(noun) A flat triangular bone located at the front of the knee joint.

Synonyms: kneecap, kneepan

Usage: Having learned his lesson, the rollerblader wore kneepads to protect his patellae from further injury.
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Not to sound elitist, but I don't think many rollerbladers would refer to their patellae. Patellas, maybe. Whistle


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Latin

Etymology
Diminutive of patina (“a broad shallow dish, pan”) or patera.

Pronunciation
(Classical) IPA(key): /paˈtel.la/, [paˈtɛl.la]
Noun
patella f (genitive patellae); first declension

a small or shallow pan or dish

the kneecap, patella

a disease of the olive tree




Also lots of limpets!

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Animalia - kingdom;
Mollusca - phylum;
Gastropoda - class;
Eogastropoda - subclass;
Docoglossa - order;
Patellina - suborder;
Patelloidea - superfamily;
Patellidae - family




Patella vulgata (genus species)

Common limpet.

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thar wrote:

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Latin
Etymology
Diminutive of patina (“a broad shallow dish, pan”) or patera.


When I saw this, I thought, what about English "patina" (Croatian-Serbian, too), where does "patina" come from. I could not see any connection between "patella" and "patina", I thought "patina" is maybe of Germanic origin.

I was wrong, "tarnish" is from (Old High) German, "patina" and "patella" are from Latin "patina".

"Italians began using "patina" in the 17th century to refer to the green film that is produced on the surface of copper. They borrowed the word from Latin, where it means "a shallow dish." (Presumably, the Italian meaning developed from the observation of such film forming on copper dishes.) By the mid-18th century, English speakers were also calling the green film "patina." And by the early 20th century, "patina" was being used in English for the gloss of polished metals, like silver, as well as wooden furniture - a meaning that led to its literary use for a surrounding aura, as demonstrated in this quote from Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm (1932): "The very atmosphere seemed covered with a rich patina of love."" (Webster)

An interesting conflux of etymologies, when you add "verdigris" (green of Greece).

I just learned, from Etymology Online Dictionary, that "verdigris" is green of Spain in some languages, from Medieval Latin viride Hispanum.
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Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
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Noun 1. patella - a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint patella - a small flat triangular bone in front of the knee that protects the knee joint
kneecap, knee panos
sesamoid eum, sesamoid, sesamoid bone - any of several small round bones formed in a tendon where it passes over a joint
articulatio genus, genu, human knee, knee, knee joint - hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
2. patella - type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets Patella - type genus of the family Patellidae: common European limpets
genus Patella
mollusk genus - a genus of mollusks
family Patellidae, Patellidae - marine limpets
common limpet, Patella vulgata - marine limpet
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