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exuviae

[ ig-zoo-vee-ee, ik-soo- ]
/ ɪgˈzu viˌi, ɪkˈsu- /
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plural noun
the cast skins, shells, or other coverings of animals.
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Origin of exuviae

1645–55; <Latin, derivative of exuere to remove, strip off, divest oneself of, equivalent to ex-ex-1 + -uere to put on

OTHER WORDS FROM exuviae

ex·u·vi·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exuviae

exuviae
/ (ɪɡˈzjuːvɪˌiː) /

pl n
layers of skin or cuticle shed by animals during ecdysis

Derived forms of exuviae

exuvial, adjective

Word Origin for exuviae

C17: from Latin: something stripped off (the body), from exuere to strip off
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