plan·​ta | \ ˈplantə\
plural plantae\ -​n‧ˌtē \

Definition of planta

1 : the back side of the shank of a bird's leg
2a : the flattened end of the proleg of a caterpillar
b : a sclerite on the insect pretarsus

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History and Etymology for planta

New Latin, from Latin, sole of the foot

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