plural ephippia
: sella turcica
: a saddlelike chitinous thickening over the brood pouch of various cladocerans that when shed forms a bivalve capsule containing the winter eggs

Word History


New Latin, from Greek ephippion saddlecloth, saddle, from neuter of ephippios for putting on a horse, from epi- + hippios of a horse, from hippos horse

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“Ephippium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephippium. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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