variants or less commonly propodeon
plural propodeums also propodea
: the part of the thorax of a hymenopteran that lies immediately over and partly surrounding the insertion of the petiole of the abdomen and represents a basal abdominal segment which has become fused with the thorax

Word History


propodeum from New Latin, alteration of propodeon, from pro- entry 1 + podeon; propodeon from New Latin

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“Propodeum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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