plural noun[also treated as singular] Zoology
The cast or sloughed skin of an animal, especially of an insect larva.
- 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.
- Example sentences
- Most scorpion fossils are thought to be exuvial.
- Exuvial samples were collected at stations above and below organic effluent inflows ...
Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'animal skins, spoils of the enemy', from exuere 'divest oneself of'.
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