Definition of exuviae in English:

exuviae

Syllabification: ex·u·vi·ae
Pronunciation: /igˈzo͞ovēˌē, -ī
 
/

noun

[also treated as singular] Zoology
  • An animal’s cast or sloughed skin, especially that of an insect larva.
    More 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.

Derivatives

exuvial

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

Origin

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

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