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[ob-tekt or ob-tek-tid] /ɒbˈtɛkt or ɒbˈtɛk tɪd/
(of a pupa) having the antennae, legs, and wings glued to the surface of the body.
Compare exarate.
Origin of obtect
1810-20; < Latin obtēctus (past participle of obtegere, variant of obtigere to cover over), equivalent to ob- ob- + teg(ere) to cover (see thatch, toga) + -tus past participle suffix Unabridged
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  • Consequently the obtect pupa, as this type is called, does not resemble its imago as fully as a free pupa does.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
British Dictionary definitions for obtect


(of a pupa) encased in a hardened secretion so that the wings, legs, etc, are held immovably to the body, as in butterflies Also obtected
Word Origin
C19: from Latin obtectus covered, past participle of obtegere, from ob- (intensive) + tegere to cover
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