tegula

noun
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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