plural anteclypei
: the lower or anterior portion of the clypeus of certain insects

Word History


New Latin, from ante- + clypeus

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anteclypeus was in 1883

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“Anteclypeus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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