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epiphragm

[ ep-uh-fram ]
/ ˈɛp əˌfræm /
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noun
a calcified or membranous septum produced by certain land snails during hibernation and functioning to cover the shell opening and prevent desiccation.
Botany. a membrane enclosing the capsule in certain mosses.
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Origin of epiphragm

1820–30; <Greek epíphragma covering, lid, equivalent to epi-epi- + phrágma fence

OTHER WORDS FROM epiphragm

ep·i·phrag·mal [ep-uh-frag-muhl], /ˌɛp əˈfræg məl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epiphragm

epiphragm
/ (ˈɛpɪˌfræm) /

noun
a disc of calcium phosphate and mucilage secreted by snails over the aperture of their shells before hibernation

Word Origin for epiphragm

C19: via New Latin from Greek epiphragma a lid, from epiphrassein, from epi- + phrassein to place in an enclosure
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