Definition of Athecae
: a division usually made a suborder of Testudinata comprising turtles with the carapace separate from the internal skeleton and usually with greatly reduced ossification and represented among recent forms by the marine leatherback
athecan\-ēkən\ adjective or noun
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Origin and Etymology of athecae
New Latin, from feminine plural of (assumed) New Latin athecus having no cover, from New Latin 2a- + (assumed) New Latin -thecus (from Latin theca cover, sheath) — more at tick
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