plu·​te·​us | \ ˈplütēəs \
plural plutei\ -​ēˌī \ also pluteuses

Definition of pluteus

1a : a low wall or parapet in ancient Roman architecture especially : one used as a partition between the bases of columns
b : an ancient Roman reading desk or storage place for manuscripts
2 [New Latin, from Latin] : the free-swimming bilaterally symmetrical larva of a sea urchin or ophiuran distinguished by several slender anteriorly projecting processes enclosing calcareous rods

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“Pluteus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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