[pahy-jid-ee-uh m]

noun, plural py·gid·i·a [pahy-jid-ee-uh] /paɪˈdʒɪd i ə/. Zoology.

any of various structures or regions at the caudal end of the body in certain invertebrates.

Origin of pygidium

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek pȳg(ḗ) rump + -idion diminutive suffix
Related formspy·gid·i·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

the terminal segment, division, or other structure in certain annelids, arthropods, and other invertebrates
Derived Formspygidial, adjective

Word Origin for pygidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek pugē rump
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