[klip-ee-uh s]

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.

Nearby words

  1. clydesdale,
  2. clype,
  3. clypeate,
  4. clypei,
  5. clypeiform,
  6. clysis,
  7. clyster,
  8. clytaemnestra,
  9. clytemnestra,
  10. clytius

Origin of clypeus

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

Related formsclyp·e·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clypeus


noun plural clypei (ˈklɪpɪˌaɪ)

a cuticular plate on the head of some insects between the labrum and the frons
Derived Formsclypeal, adjectiveclypeate (ˈklɪpɪˌeɪt), adjective

Word Origin for clypeus

C19: from New Latin, from Latin clipeus round shield

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