[ploo r-on]

noun, plural pleu·ra [ploo r-uh] /ˈplʊər ə/. Entomology.

the lateral plate or plates of a thoracic segment of an insect.

Origin of pleuron

First recorded in 1700–10, pleuron is from the Greek word pleurón rib, (plural) side Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pleuron

hip, ham, thigh, hand, quarter, wing, side, loin

Examples from the Web for pleuron

Historical Examples of pleuron

  • On each side the tergum overlaps the sternum, and hangs down as a side-flap, or pleuron.

    The Life of Crustacea

    William Thomas Calman

  • But the anger of Artemis was not yet soothed, and she roused a strife between the men of Pleuron and the men of Kalydon.

  • For Meleagros sought to have the head, and the Kouretes of Pleuron cared not to take the hide only for their portion.

  • From the median tubercle to the outer edge of the pleuron of the second thoracic segment the distance is 3.7 mm.

British Dictionary definitions for pleuron


noun plural pleura (ˈplʊərə)

the part of the cuticle of arthropods that covers the lateral surface of a body segment

Word Origin for pleuron

C18: from Greek: side
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