Lepisma

noun

Le·​pis·​ma
lə̇ˈpizmə
: a genus (the type of the family Lepismatidae) of primitively wingless insects of the order Thysanura having a long flat body covered with shining scales and terminated by three long jointed styles see silverfish compare firebrat
lepismid
-mə̇d
noun
plural -s

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek, peel, from lepizein to peel, from lepos rind, scale + -izein -ize

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“Lepisma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lepisma. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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