Athecae

plural noun

Athe·​cae
əˈthē(ˌ)sē
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Athecae. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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