- a cover, covering, or integument.
- Botany. the delicate inner integument or coat of a seed.
- (of certain orthopterous insects) one of a pair of leathery forewings that forms a protective covering for the hind wings.
Origin of tegmen
1800–10; < Latin: covering (also tegumen, tegimen with anaptyctic vowel), equivalent to teg(ere) to cover + -men noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for tegmen
Its roof, the tegmen tympani, is continuous with that of the attic.
The tegmen tympani are relatively large, but proportionately short.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca
William E. Duellman
The tegmen tympani are much reduced and maintain only cartilaginous contact with the posterior arms of the squamosals.
In the Orthoptera the position is quite different, for one tegmen more or less lies over the other.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
Tegmen: a covering: sometimes used for the anterior wings in Orthoptera and Neuroptera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- either of the leathery forewings of the cockroach and related insects
- the delicate inner covering of a seed
- any similar covering or layer
C19: from Latin: a cover, variant of tegimen, from tegere to cover
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- A covering or an integument of a part.tegmentum
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- A covering or integument, such as the tough leathery forewing of certain insects or the inner coat of a seed.
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