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- adj. covered; protected
- adj. Covered with a hard chitinous case, like the pupa of certain files.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Covered; protected.
- adj. Covered with a hard chitinous case, as the pupa of certain flies; also called obtect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Covered; protected; especially, in zoology, covered with a hard shelly case.
- In entomology, concealed under a neighboring part: specifically said of the hemielytra of a hemipterous insect when they are covered by the greatly enlarged and shield-like scutellum, as in the family Scutelleridæ: opposed to detected.
Latin obtectus, past participle of obtegere to cover over. (Wiktionary)