n. pl. vit·tae (vĭtē)
1. Zoology A streak or band of color, as on the bill of a bird.
2. Botany An oil tube in the fruit of certain plants, especially those in the parsley family.
[Latin, headband, ribbon; see wei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
vittate′ (vĭtāt′) adj.
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