prostheca

noun

pros·​the·​ca
präsˈthēkə
plural prosthecae
-ē(ˌ)sē
or prosthecas
-ēkəz
: a small sclerite articulated to the base of the mandible in some insects

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek prosthēkē appendage, addition, from prostithenai to put to, add

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“Prostheca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostheca. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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