pelta

noun
pel·​ta | \ ˈpeltə \
plural peltae\ -​ˌtē , -​ˌtī \

Definition of pelta

1 : a small light shield used by the ancient Greeks and Romans
2 [New Latin, from Latin] : a body of unknown function found in association with the blepharoplast of a flagellate

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History and Etymology for pelta

Latin, small shield, from Greek peltē; perhaps akin to Latin pellis skin

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“Pelta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pelta. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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