Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An external lateral part of the body segments of arthropods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lateral sclerite of a thoracic segment of an arthropod between the tergum and the sternum

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the sides of an animal.
  • n. One of the lateral pieces of a somite of an insect.
  • n. One of lateral processes of a somite of a crustacean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lateral piece, part, or aspect of the body; especially, the side of the thorax: chiefly used of invertebrates.

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek, side, rib.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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