tergum

[tur-guh m]
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noun, plural ter·ga [tur-guh] /ˈtɜr gə/. Zoology.

the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropod.

Nearby words

  1. terfel,
  2. tergal,
  3. tergite,
  4. tergiversate,
  5. tergiversation,
  6. terhune,
  7. teriyaki,
  8. term,
  9. term day,
  10. term infant

Origin of tergum

1820–30; < Latin: the back

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British Dictionary definitions for tergum

tergum

noun plural -ga (-ɡə)

a cuticular plate covering the dorsal surface of a body segment of an arthropodCompare sternum (def. 3)
Derived Formstergal, adjective

Word Origin for tergum

C19: from Latin: the back

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