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[klip-ee-uh s]
noun, plural clyp·e·i [klip-ee-ahy, -ee-ee] /ˈklɪp iˌaɪ, -iˌi/.
  1. 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
Related formsclyp·e·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clypeus

Historical Examples

  • The portion of the face bounded by this groove is called the clypeus.

    Through a Microscope

    Samuel Wells

  • The labrum, or upper lip, is separated by a deep suture from the clypeus, and is trapezoidal in form.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • Fabricius has denominated this part the clypeus, in which he has been followed by most modern Entomologists.

  • The scape, labrum, mandibles and palpi ferruginous; the clypeus widely emarginate anteriorly.

  • The face with silvery pile on each side of the clypeus, and sprinkled with erect black hairs.

British Dictionary definitions for clypeus


noun plural clypei (ˈklɪpɪˌaɪ)
  1. a cuticular plate on the head of some insects between the labrum and the frons
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Derived Formsclypeal, adjectiveclypeate (ˈklɪpɪˌeɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Latin clipeus round shield
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