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[noh-tuh m]
noun, plural no·ta [noh-tuh] /ˈnoʊ tə/.
  1. a dorsal plate or sclerite of the thorax of an insect.
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Origin of notum

1875–80; < New Latin < Greek nôton the back
Related formsno·tal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Ut orbi Christiano notum fieret eos in omnibus fidei capitibus consentire.

    History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV

    J. H. Merle D'Aubign

  • Episternum: the anterior and larger lateral thoracic sclerite between the sternum and notum.

  • Prae-scutum: the first of the four divisions of the notum of the thoracic rings.

British Dictionary definitions for notum


noun plural -ta (-tə)
  1. a cuticular plate covering the dorsal surface of a thoracic segment of an insect
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Derived Formsnotal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Greek nōton back
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