epigynum

[ ih-pij-uh-nuh m ]
/ ɪˈpɪdʒ ə nəm /

noun Zoology.

the chitinous plate in arachnids that covers the opening to the female genital tract.

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Also ep·i·gyne [ep-i-jahyn] /ˈɛp ɪˌdʒaɪn/.

Origin of epigynum

1890–95; < New Latin, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gynum < Greek -gynon, neuter of -gynos; see -gynous
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