Le·​pis·​ma | \ lə̇ˈpizmə \

Definition of Lepisma

: 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

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Other Words from Lepisma

lepismid \ -​mə̇d \ noun, plural -s

History and Etymology for Lepisma

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 16 Oct. 2021.

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