obtect

adjective
ob·​tect | \ əb-ˈtekt How to pronounce obtect (audio) , äb- \
variants: or less commonly obtected \ əb-​ˈtek-​təd How to pronounce obtected (audio) , äb-​ \

Definition of obtect

of a pupa
: enclosed in a firm case or covering with the appendages held tightly against the body

First Known Use of obtect

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obtect

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

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“Obtect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obtect. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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