harpago

noun har·pa·go \ ˈhärpəˌgō \

Definition of harpago

plural harpagones \ˌhärpəˈgōˌnēz\
: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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Origin and Etymology of harpago

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


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