gnathite

[ney-thahyt, nath-ahyt]
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noun Anatomy.

any of the mouth appendages of an insect or other arthropod.

Nearby words

  1. gnatcatcher,
  2. gnateater,
  3. gnathic,
  4. gnathic index,
  5. gnathion,
  6. gnatho-,
  7. gnathodynamics,
  8. gnathodynamometer,
  9. gnathological,
  10. gnathonic

Origin of gnathite

1865–70; < Greek gnáth(os) jaw + -ite1

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British Dictionary definitions for gnathite

gnathite

noun

zoology an appendage of an arthropod that is specialized for grasping or chewing; mouthpart

Word Origin for gnathite

C19: from Greek gnathos jaw

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