from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A shieldlike plate on the front of the head of an insect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The shield-shaped front part of an insect's head or a spider's cephalothorax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The frontal plate of the head of an insect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In archaeology: A large circular shield, with a convex outer and concave inner surface.
- n. An ornamental disk, of marble or other substance, in the shape of a shield, often sculptured in relief, hung in the intercolumniations of the atria of Roman dwellings, etc. Examples have been found at Pompeii and elsewhere.
- n. [NL.] In entomology, properly, that part of the upper surface of an insect's head which lies before the front or forehead, and behind the labrum when the latter is present; a fixed sclerite immediately in front of the epicranium, and to which the labrum is attached. See cut under Hymenoptera.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of fossil echinoderms. C. sinuatus is an example.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shield-like plate on the front of an insect's head
New Latin, from Latin clipeus, round shield.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin clipeus ‘round shield’. (Wiktionary)