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clypeus

[ klip-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈklɪp i əs /
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noun, plural clyp·e·i [klip-ee-ahy, -ee-ee]. /ˈklɪp iˌaɪ, -iˌi/.

the area of the facial wall of an insect's head between the labrum and the frons, usually separated from the latter by a groove.

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Origin of clypeus

1825–35; <New Latin, special use of Latin clypeus, clipeus round shield

OTHER WORDS FROM clypeus

clyp·e·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clypeus

clypeus
/ (ˈklɪpɪəs) /

noun plural clypei (ˈklɪpɪˌaɪ)

a cuticular plate on the head of some insects between the labrum and the frons

Derived forms of clypeus

clypeal, adjectiveclypeate (ˈklɪpɪˌeɪt), adjective

Word Origin for clypeus

C19: from New Latin, from Latin clipeus round shield
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