plural noun
Athe·​cae | \ əˈthē(ˌ)sē \

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

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Other Words from Athecae

athecan \ -​ēkən \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Athecae

New Latin, from feminine plural of (assumed) New Latin athecus having no cover, from New Latin a- entry 2 + (assumed) New Latin -thecus (from Latin theca cover, sheath)

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“Athecae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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