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[ploo r-on] /ˈplʊər ɒn/
noun, plural pleura
[ploo r-uh] /ˈplʊər ə/ (Show IPA).
the lateral plate or plates of a thoracic segment of an insect.
Origin of pleuron
First recorded in 1700-10, pleuron is from the Greek word pleurón rib, (plural) side Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For Meleagros sought to have the head, and the Kouretes of pleuron cared not to take the hide only for their portion.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • On each side the tergum overlaps the sternum, and hangs down as a side-flap, or pleuron.

    The Life of Crustacea William Thomas Calman
  • But the anger of Artemis was not yet soothed, and she roused a strife between the men of pleuron and the men of Kalydon.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • From the median tubercle to the outer edge of the pleuron of the second thoracic segment the distance is 3.7 mm.

British Dictionary definitions for pleuron


noun (pl) pleura (ˈplʊərə)
the part of the cuticle of arthropods that covers the lateral surface of a body segment
Word Origin
C18: from Greek: side
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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