har·​pa·​go | \ ˈhärpəˌgō \
plural harpagones\ ˌhärpəˈgōˌnēz \

Definition of harpago

: an element of the male copulatory apparatus of many insects that forms part of a clasper especially : a modified stylus of the ninth segment forming one lateral half of a clasper usually used in plural

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History and Etymology for harpago

New Latin harpagon-, harpago, from Latin, grappling iron, irregular from Greek harpagē hook, rake

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“Harpago.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harpago. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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