from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms, such as the shells of crabs or the external coverings of the larvae and nymphs of insects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of exuvia.
- n. The coverings of an animal that have been shed or cast off, particularly the molted exoskeletons of arthropods.
- n. Roman military term for weaponry and equipment stripped from the person of a foe; booty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Cast skins, shells, or coverings of animals; any parts of animals which are shed or cast off, as the skins of snakes, the shells of lobsters, etc.
- n.pl. The fossil shells and other remains which animals have left in the strata of the earth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cast-off skins, shells, or other coverings of animals; any parts of animals which are shed or sloughed off, as the skins of caterpillars, the shells of lobsters, the cuticle of snakes, the feathers of birds.
- Skins of animals artificially removed and prepared for preservation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms during ecdysis
Latin, from exuere, to take off.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exuō ("cast off, undress"). (Wiktionary)