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[ney-thahyt, nath-ahyt]
noun Anatomy.
  1. any of the mouth appendages of an insect or other arthropod.
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Origin of gnathite

1865–70; < Greek gnáth(os) jaw + -ite1
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Historical Examples of gnathite

  • Gnathite: a jaw or jaw-like appendage; in the plural, the mouth parts.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for gnathite


  1. zoology an appendage of an arthropod that is specialized for grasping or chewing; mouthpart
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Word Origin for gnathite

C19: from Greek gnathos jaw
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