from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Zoology Enclosed in an oval horny case. Used of an insect pupa.
- adj. Zoology Constricted, narrowed, or compressed, as a segment of a blood vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. constricted, narrowed or compressed
- adj. enclosed in a rigid case
- v. To press together; to crowd.
- v. To restrain; to confine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pressed together; closely connected; -- applied to insects having the abdomen separated from the thorax only by a constriction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as coarct.
- Crowded together. Specifically— In entomology: Compressed; much attenuated, generally at the base; having a narrow base, but wider and thicker toward the apex. Crowded; packed into a small space.
- In botany, compact; dense, as a panicle; closely appressed, as a foliaceous thallus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of an insect pupa) enclosed in a rigid case
Latin coarctātus, past participle of coarctāre, to compress, alteration of coartāre : co-, co- + artāre, to compress (from artus, tight, confined; see ar- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)