gnathostegite

noun
gna·thos·te·gite | \ nəˈthästəˌjīt \
plural -s

Definition of gnathostegite 

: one of a pair of broad plates that are developed from the outer maxillipeds of some crustaceans (as crabs) and that serve to cover the other mouthparts

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