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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Origin and Etymology of tegula
New Latin, from Latin, tile — more at thatch
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