- a covering or vestment; integument.
Origin of tegument
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Examples from the Web for tegumentary
Brilliant colours usually appear just in proportion to the development of tegumentary appendages.Darwinism (1889)
Alfred Russel Wallace
The whole of the liver contained in the integuments and tegumentary papillae.
Body furnished with three pairs of lateral lobes, bearing the tegumentary papillae; foot very narrow; pelagic.
Tegumentary papillae not ramified, and containing cnidosacs with nematocysts.
- a less common word for integument
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A natural outer covering; an integument.
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