[syn: macule, macula]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Macula \Mac"u*la\, n.; pl. Maculae. [L., spot, stain, blot.
See Mail armor, and cf. Mackle, Macule.]
1. A spot, as on the skin, or on the surface of the sun or of
some other luminous orb; called also macule.
2. (Zool.) A rather large spot or blotch of color.
[1913 Webster] macula lutea
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's
photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field [syn:
2: a small yellowish central area of the retina that is rich in
cones and that mediates clear detailed vision [syn: macula,
macula lutea, macular area, yellow spot]
3: a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated;
caused by various diseases [syn: macule, macula]