propodeum

noun

pro·​po·​de·​um
-ēəm
variants or less commonly propodeon
-ēən
plural propodeums also propodea
-ēə
: 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

Etymology

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

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“Propodeum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/propodeum. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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