epicuticle

[ ep-i-kyoo-ti-kuhl ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈkyu tɪ kəl /

noun

the thin, waxy outer layer of the insect exoskeleton.

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Origin of epicuticle

First recorded in 1925–30; epi- + cuticle
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British Dictionary definitions for epicuticle

epicuticle
/ (ˈɛpɪˌkjuːtɪkəl) /

noun

botany a waxy layer on the surface of the cuticle
zoology the outermost lipoprotein layer of the insect cuticle
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