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epigynum

[ ih-pij-uh-nuhm ]
/ ɪˈpɪdʒ ə nəm /
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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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