plural noun
Cryp·​to·​ce·​ra·​ta | \ ˌkriptōsəˈrätə, -ātə \

Definition of Cryptocerata

: a division of Heteroptera comprising chiefly aquatic bugs (as the boat bugs) with the antennae shorter than the head and usually hidden in cavities beneath the eyes — compare gymnocerata

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Other Words from Cryptocerata

cryptocerous \ (ˈ)krip¦täsərəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Cryptocerata

New Latin, from crypt- + -cerata (from Greek kerat-, keras horn)

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“Cryptocerata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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