- a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
- any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
Origin of integument
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1. cortex, involucre, involucrum.
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Examples from the Web for integument
Its freedom from causing great shrinking or shrivelling of the integument.Practical Taxidermy
Their integument is hardened with plates or particles of carbonate of lime.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
Man alone, the last in the series, was created from the integument of a dog.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
The integument of the roof of the mouth was smooth and shining.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae
Ex., the integument into which the valves of Chitones are inserted.A Conchological Manual
George Brettingham Sowerby
- the protective layer around an ovule that becomes the seed coat
- the outer protective layer or covering of an animal, such as skin or a cuticle
C17: from Latin integumentum, from tegere to cover
Word Origin and History for integument
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The enveloping membrane of the body, including the dermis, epidermis, hair, nails, and sebaceous, sweat, and mammary glands.
- The membrane, capsule, skin, or other covering of a body or a part.
- A natural outer covering of an animal or plant or of one of its parts, such as skin, a shell, or the part of a plant ovule that develops into a seed coat.
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