clyp·​e·​us ˈkli-pē-əs How to pronounce clypeus (audio)
plural clypei ˈkli-pē-ˌī How to pronounce clypeus (audio)
: a plate on the anterior median aspect of an insect's head

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, round shield

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clypeus was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Clypeus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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