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exuviae

Syllabification: ex·u·vi·ae
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzo͞ovēˌē, -ī
 
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Definition of exuviae in English:

plural noun

[also treated as singular] Zoology
An animal’s cast or sloughed skin, especially that of an insect larva.
Example sentences
  • Emerged adult Axarus and shed pupal exuviae were removed from the trap daily.
  • This assemblage, perhaps representing an accumulation of molted exuviae, was apparently preserved as the result of rapid burial by carbonate muds and silts during a storm event.
  • All specimens are exuviae, with thin and fragile carapaces and abdomens and fragmentary bodies and appendages.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'animal skins, spoils of the enemy', from exuere 'divest oneself of'.

Derivatives

exuvial

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Most scorpion fossils are thought to be exuvial.
  • Exuvial samples were collected at stations above and below organic effluent inflows ...

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