clitellum

noun
cli·​tel·​lum | \ klī-ˈte-ləm How to pronounce clitellum (audio) \
plural clitella\ klī-​ˈte-​lə How to pronounce clitellum (audio) \

Definition of clitellum

: a thickened glandular section of the body wall of some annelids that secretes a viscid sac in which the eggs are deposited

Examples of clitellum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In contrast, the clitellum of common earthworms is raised rather than smooth and does not wrap entirely around the worm. oregonlive, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of clitellum

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clitellum

New Latin, alteration of Latin clitellae packsaddle

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“Clitellum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clitellum. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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