from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A covering or integument, such as the tough leathery forewing of certain insects or the inner coat of a seed. Also called tegmentum.
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- n. A covering or integument
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tegument or covering.
- n. The inner layer of the coating of a seed, usually thin and delicate; the endopleura.
- n. One of the elytra of an insect, especially of certain Orthoptera.
- n. Same as Tectrices.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In crinoids, same as disk, 5
- n. A covering; a covering or protecting part or organ; a tectorium; an integument; a tegmentum.
- n. In botany, the endopleura, or inner coat, of the seed. It is soft and delicate, and conforms to the shape of the nucleus. See seed, 1.
- n. plural In ornithology, the tectrices or coverts of the wing or tail. See tectrices.
- n. In anatomy, the roof of the tympanic cavity of the ear, especially in early stages of its formation: also distinguished as tegmen tympani.
- n. The covering of the posterior wing of some insects; especially, the fore wing of any orthopterous insect, corresponding to the elytrum of a beetle or the hemielytrum of a bug.
Latin tegimen, tegmen, covering, from tegere, to cover.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)