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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoöl. and anat.:
  • noun The cuticle proper; the epidermis; the ectoderm; the exoskeleton; the superficial investment of the body, in so far as this is formed by or derived from the epiblastic cells or epiblast of the embryo, whatever its ulterior modification.
  • noun In infuserians, a comparatively dense envelop to which the outer wall of the body gives rise. Also cuticulum.
  • noun In annelids, as the earthworm, a thin and transparent though tough membrane, forming the outermost envelop of the body, and perforated by extremely minute vertical canals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the outer body wall of an insect.

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  • noun zoology, botany A tough protective covering outside the epidermis of many invertebrates and plants; cuticle.

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  • noun the outer body wall of an insect

Etymologies

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From Latin cutīcula ("skin, cuticle")

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