(||Pat"e*la) n. [Hind. patela.] A large flat-bottomed trading boat peculiar to the river Ganges; — called also puteli.

(||Pa*tel"la) n.; pl. Patellæ [L., a small pan, the kneepan, dim. of patina, patena, a pan, dish.]

1. A small dish, pan, or vase.

2. (Anat.) The kneepan; the cap of the knee.

3. (Zoöl.) A genus of marine gastropods, including many species of limpets. The shell has the form of a flattened cone. The common European limpet (Patella vulgata) is largely used for food.

4. (Bot.) A kind of apothecium in lichens, which is orbicular, flat, and sessile, and has a special rim not a part of the thallus.

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