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sclerite

[ skleer-ahyt, skler- ]
/ ˈsklɪər aɪt, ˈsklɛr- /
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noun Zoology.

any chitinous, calcareous, or similar hard part, plate, spicule, or the like.

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Origin of sclerite

First recorded in 1860–65; scler- + -ite1
scle·rit·ic [skli-rit-ik], /sklɪˈrɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sclerite

sclerite
/ (ˈsklɪəraɪt) /

noun zoology

any of the hard chitinous plates that make up the exoskeleton of an arthropod
any calcareous or chitinous part, such as a spicule or plate
scleritic (sklɪəˈrɪtɪk), adjective
C19: from sclero- + -ite 1
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