ter·​gite ˈtər-ˌgīt How to pronounce tergite (audio)
: the dorsal plate or dorsal portion of the covering of a metameric segment of an arthropod
especially : one on the abdomen

Word History


New Latin tergum

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tergite was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Tergite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tergite. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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