- the cast skins, shells, or other coverings of animals.
Origin of exuviae
Examples from the Web for exuviae
Historical Examples of exuviae
Our thoughts should soar upward with the butterfly,—not linger with the exuviae that confined him.Chippings With A Chisel (From "Twice Told Tales")
Broken sea shells and other exuviae of marine animals are apparent throughout the whole mass.
I also saw the exuviae of a third fast sinking into the sand, and added the skull to my collection.Cape Cod
Henry D. Thoreau
There is also some wool, vegetable down, and insect webbing, in which are entangled the exuviae of some caterpillar.
During the actual moulting the caterpillar is quite active in freeing itself from the exuviae.Butterflies Worth Knowing
Clarence M. Weed
- layers of skin or cuticle shed by animals during ecdysis
Word Origin for exuviae
1660s, Latin, literally "that which is stripped off," hence "clothing, equipment, arms, booty, spoils," from stem of exuere, from PIE *eis- "to dress."