ephippium

[ih-fip-ee-uh m]
noun, plural e·phip·pi·a [ih-fip-ee-uh] /ɪˈfɪp i ə/. Zoology.
  1. a thick shell, consisting of two chitinous plates, that encloses and protects the winter eggs of a cladoceran.

Origin of ephippium

1835–45; < New Latin < Greek ephíppion, noun use of neuter of ephíppios for putting on a horse, equivalent to ep- ep- + hípp(os) horse + -ios adj. suffix
Related formse·phip·pi·al, adjective
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