compound eye

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com·pound eye

the eye of arthropods, most highly developed in insects and crustaceans; the eye consists of a group of functionally related visual elements (ommatidia) with corneal surfaces that collectively form a segment of a sphere.

compound eye

n.
The eye of most insects and some crustaceans, which is composed of many light-sensitive elements, each having its own refractive system and each forming a portion of an image.

compound eye

see EYE, COMPOUND.