adjective ob·tect \əb-ˈtekt, äb-\

Definition of obtect

of a pupa

  1. :  enclosed in a firm case or covering with the appendages held tightly against the body

Variants of obtect

or less commonly


play \əb-ˈtek-təd, äb-\

Origin and Etymology of obtect

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

First Known Use: 1816

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