tegula

noun teg·u·la \ˈtegyələ\

Definition of tegula

  1. 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. 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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