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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 27 May. 2023.

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