scler·​ite ˈskler-ˌīt How to pronounce sclerite (audio)
: a hard chitinous or calcareous plate, piece, or spicule (as of the arthropod integument)

Examples of sclerite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, a new study by Dickinson and his team finally revealed the working of sclerites and the insect wing hinge. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2024 This debate is still ongoing, so its evolution can’t tell us much about how the hinge and the sclerites operate. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2024 Sometimes all experts have to work with are small, hard parts of the coral structure called sclerites. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Apr. 2024 Dude and biglebowski have sclerites that have different shapes. WIRED, 6 Mar. 2023

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First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sclerite was in 1861

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“Sclerite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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