4. (Anat.) See Areola, 2.
(Au"ric) a. [L. aurum gold.]
1. Of or pertaining to gold.
2. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, gold; said of those compounds of gold in which this element
has its higher valence; as, auric oxide; auric chloride.
(Au`ri*chal"ce*ous) a. [L. aurichalcum, for orichalcum brass.] (Zoöl.) Brass-colored.
(Au`ri*chal"cite) n. [See Aurichalceous.] (Min.) A hydrous carbonate of copper and zinc,
found in pale green or blue crystalline aggregations. It yields a kind of brass on reduction.
(Au"ri*cle) n. [L. auricula, dim. of auris ear. See Ear.]
1. (Anat.) (a) The external ear, or that part of the ear which is prominent from the head. (b) The
chamber, or one of the two chambers, of the heart, by which the blood is received and transmitted to
the ventricle or ventricles; so called from its resemblance to the auricle or external ear of some quadrupeds.
2. (Zoöl.) An angular or ear-shaped lobe.
3. An instrument applied to the ears to give aid in hearing; a kind of ear trumpet. Mansfield.
(Au"ri*cled) a. Having ear-shaped appendages or lobes; auriculate; as, auricled leaves.
(||Au*ric"u*la) n.; pl. L. Auriculæ E. Auriculas [L. auricula. See Auricle.]
1. (Bot.) (a) A species of Primula, or primrose, called also, from the shape of its leaves, bear's-ear.
(b) (b) A species of Hirneola a membranaceous fungus, called also auricula Judæ, or Jew's-ear. P.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A genus of air-breathing mollusks mostly found near the sea, where the water is brackish
(b) One of the five arched processes of the shell around the jaws of a sea urchin.
(Au*ric"u*lar) a. [LL. auricularis: cf. F. auriculaire. See Auricle.]
1. Of or pertaining to the ear, or to the sense of hearing; as, auricular nerves.
2. Told in the ear, i. e., told privately; as, auricular confession to the priest.
This next chapter is a penitent confession of the king, and the strangest . . . that ever was auricular.
3. Recognized by the ear; known by the sense of hearing; as, auricular evidence. "Auricular assurance."
4. Received by the ear; known by report. "Auricular traditions." Bacon.
5. (Anat.) Pertaining to the auricles of the heart.
Auricular finger, the little finger; so called because it can be readily introduced into the ear passage.
(||Au*ric`u*la"ri*a) n. pl. [Neut. pl., fr. LL. auricularis.] (Zoöl.) A kind of holothurian larva,
with soft, blunt appendages. See Illustration in Appendix.
(Au*ric"u*lar*ly), adv. In an auricular manner.