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[tur-guh m]
noun, plural ter·ga [tur-guh] /ˈtɜr gə/. Zoology.
  1. the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropod.
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Origin of tergum

1820–30; < Latin: the back
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noun plural -ga (-ɡə)
  1. a cuticular plate covering the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropodCompare sternum (def. 3)
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Derived Formstergal, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin: the back
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