ephip·​pi·​um | \ -pēəm \
plural ephippia\ -​pēə \

Definition of ephippium

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

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History and Etymology for ephippium

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephippium. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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