or ob·tect·ed

[ ob-tekt or ob-tek-tid ]
/ ɒbˈtɛkt or ɒbˈtɛk tɪd /


(of a pupa) having the antennae, legs, and wings glued to the surface of the body.

Nearby words

  1. obstructivity,
  2. obstruent,
  3. obtain,
  4. obtainable,
  5. obtaining by deception,
  6. obtemper,
  7. obtest,
  8. obtrude,
  9. obtrusion,
  10. obtrusive

Compare exarate.

Origin of obtect

1810–20; < Latin obtēctus (past participle of obtegere, variant of obtigere to cover over), equivalent to ob- ob- + teg(ere) to cover (see thatch, toga) + -tus past participle suffix

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Examples from the Web for obtect

  • Consequently the obtect pupa, as this type is called, does not resemble its imago as fully as a free pupa does.

    The Life-Story of Insects|Geo. H. Carpenter

British Dictionary definitions for obtect


/ (ɒbˈtɛkt) /


(of a pupa) encased in a hardened secretion so that the wings, legs, etc, are held immovably to the body, as in butterfliesAlso: obtected

Word Origin for obtect

C19: from Latin obtectus covered, past participle of obtegere, from ob- (intensive) + tegere to cover

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