ob·​tect əb-ˈtekt How to pronounce obtect (audio)
variants or less commonly obtected
of a pupa
: enclosed in a firm case or covering with the appendages held tightly against the body

Word History


Latin obtectus, past participle of obtegere to cover over, from ob- in the way + tegere to cover — more at thatch

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of obtect was in 1816

Dictionary Entries Near obtect

Cite this Entry

“Obtect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obtect. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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