noun, plural cli·tel·la [klahy-tel-uh] /klaɪˈtɛl ə/.
Origin of clitellum
Examples from the Web for clitellum
Clitellum not present as a definite organ, as in Oligochaeta.
Clitellum always present, extending over two (many limicolous forms) to forty-five segments (Alma).
Clitellum generally only two or three segments and more anterior in position than in Terricolae.
Clitellum commonly extensive and more posterior in position than in other groups.
Clitellum, kli-tel′um, n. the saddle of an annelid, as the earthworm:—pl.
British Dictionary definitions for clitellum
noun plural -la (-lə)
Word Origin for clitellum
Word Origin and History for clitellum
"raised band around an earthworm," 1816, Modern Latin, from Latin clitellae "a pack-saddle," diminutive of *clitra "litter," from PIE *klei-tro-, from root *klei- (see lean (v.)). Related: Clitellar.