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

Word History


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

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“Pelta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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