- a covering or vestment; integument.
Origin of tegument
1400–50; late Middle EnglishRelated formsteg·u·men·tal [teg-yuh-men-tl] /ˌtɛg yəˈmɛn tl/, teg·u·men·ta·ry [teg-yuh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌtɛg yəˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/, adjectivesub·teg·u·men·tal, adjectivesub·teg·u·men·ta·ry, adjective
< Latin tegumentum,
equivalent to tegu-
) + -mentum -ment
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Historical Examples of tegumentary
Brilliant colours usually appear just in proportion to the development of tegumentary appendages.
The whole of the liver contained in the integuments and tegumentary papillae.
Tegumentary papillae not ramified, and containing cnidosacs with nematocysts.
Body furnished with three pairs of lateral lobes, bearing the tegumentary papillae; foot very narrow; pelagic.
British Dictionary definitions for tegumentaryDerived Formstegumental (ˌtɛɡjʊˈmɛntəl) or tegumentary, adjective
Word Origin for tegument
C15: from Latin tegumentum a covering, from tegere to cover
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Word Origin and History for tegumentary
mid-15c., from Latin tegumentum "a covering, a cover," from tegere "to cover," from PIE root *(s)teg- "to cover" (see stegosaurus).
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- A natural outer covering; an integument.
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