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[teg-yuh-luh] /ˈtɛg yə lə/
noun, plural tegulae
[teg-yuh-lee] /ˈtɛg yəˌli/ (Show IPA)
(in certain insects) a scalelike lobe at the base of the forewing.
Origin of tegula
First recorded in 1820-30, tegula is from the Latin word tēgula tile Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The actual base of the anterior wing is covered by a little convex somewhat shell-like cap, called the tegula (T).

    Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants Edward Saunders

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