from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A natural outer covering; an integument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which covers; a covering or coating.
- n. A natural covering of the body or of a bodily organ; an integument.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cover or covering; an integument.
- n. Especially, the covering of a living body, or of some part or organ of such a body; skin; hide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cover; an envelop; a natural covering or protection of the body or a part of it; a tegmen or tegmentum.
- n. Specifically— In zoology and anatomy, skin; the general covering of the body; the integument.
- n. In entomology: A tegmen; the wing-cover or elytrum of orthopterous insects: an erroneous use, apparently by confusion with tegmen, 5.
- n. Properly, the crust, or chitinous integument, of the body, as distinguished from the hairs, scales, etc., which may grow upon it.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
Middle English, from Latin tegumentum, from tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tegumentum, from tegere ‘to cover’. (Wiktionary)