noun, plural ta·pe·ta [tuh-pee-tuh] /təˈpi tə/.
Origin of tapetum
Examples from the Web for tapetum
The tapetum lucidum is found in Ungulata, Cetacea and Carnivora.
The subject, however, of the various colours of the tapetum in different animals is not yet understood.The Book of Cats|Charles H. Ross
Iris tapetum: the pigment layer of the compound eye just below the crystalline cone.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for tapetum
noun plural -ta (-tə)
- a membranous reflecting layer of cells in the choroid of the eye of nocturnal vertebrates
- a similar structure in the eyes of certain nocturnal insects
Word Origin for tapetum
Word Origin and History for tapetum
1713, from Medieval Latin tapetum, from Latin tapete "carpet."