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A.Word.A.Day--ocellus

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ocellus (o-SEL-uhs) noun, plural ocelli

1. A small simple eye common to invertebrates.

2. An eyelike colored spot on an animal (as on peacock feathers, butterfly wings, fish, etc.) or on a leaf of a plant.

[Latin ocellus, little eye, diminutive of oculus, eye.]

"The sarcastic fringehead is an extremely territorial fish found along the Pacific Coast from San Francisco Bay to Baja California ... The ocelli on their dorsal fins are metallic blue, surrounded by a golden ring." The Kids' Reading Room, The Los Angeles Times, Jul 18, 2000.

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