teg·​u·​la | \ ˈtegyələ \

Definition of tegula

1 plural tegulae\ -​yəˌlē \
a : one of a pair of small scalelike sclerites of the mesothorax of some insects (as of the orders Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera) that cover the bases of the forewings
b : a patagium of a lepidopterous insect
c : the alula of a dipterous insect
2 capitalized : a widely distributed genus of turban shells sometimes used for food

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“Tegula.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tegula. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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