squama

noun
squa·​ma | \ ˈskwā-mə How to pronounce squama (audio) , ˈskwä- How to pronounce squama (audio) \
plural squamae\ ˈskwā-​ˌmē How to pronounce squamae (audio) , ˈskwä-​ˌmī How to pronounce squamae (audio) \

Definition of squama

: a scalelike or thin, flattened part or structure especially of an animal: such as
a : a small outgrowth of the base of a wing of a dipteran fly that covers the haltere
b : the squamous portion of a bone of the skull

First Known Use of squama

circa 1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squama

Latin

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The first known use of squama was circa 1703

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“Squama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squama. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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squama

noun
squa·​ma | \ ˈskwā-mə How to pronounce squama (audio) , ˈskwä- How to pronounce squama (audio) \
plural squamae\ ˈskwā-​ˌmē How to pronounce squamae (audio) , ˈskwä-​ˌmī How to pronounce squamae (audio) \

Medical Definition of squama

: a structure resembling a scale or plate: as
a : the curved platelike posterior portion of the occipital bone
b : the vertical portion of the frontal bone that forms the forehead
c : the thin anterior upper portion of the temporal bone

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