[ teg-muh n ]
/ ˈtɛg mən /

noun, plural teg·mi·na [teg-muh-nuh] /ˈtɛg mə nə/.

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

Related forms

teg·mi·nal [teg-muh-nl] /ˈtɛg mə nl/, adjectivesub·teg·mi·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tegmen


/ (ˈtɛɡmən) /

noun plural -mina (-mɪnə)

either of the leathery forewings of the cockroach and related insects
the delicate inner covering of a seed
any similar covering or layer

Derived Forms

tegminal, adjective

Word Origin for tegmen

C19: from Latin: a cover, variant of tegimen, from tegere to cover
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Medicine definitions for tegmen


[ tĕgmən ]

n. pl. teg•mi•na (-mə-nə)

A covering or an integument of a part.tegmentum
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Science definitions for tegmen


[ tĕgmən ]

A covering or integument, such as the tough leathery forewing of certain insects or the inner coat of a seed.
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