noun (plural tegulae /-liː/)Entomology
A small scale-like sclerite covering the base of the forewing in many insects.
More example sentences
- They both have bifoliate pseudobulbs that are separated by a long rhizome covered by coriaceous bracts, a pollinarium of Type 1 composed of a liguliform tegula, with conspicuous resin or wax-like rewards at the lip surface.
- With pollinarium removed, exposing the scar left after the removal of the tegula.
- With the wing in the open-position a membrane fold touches the tegula.
early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'tile', from tegere 'to cover'.
Definition of tegula in:
- The US English dictionary