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  • n. A paired copulatory organ of males in some species of insects that helps the male clasp the female.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a valve or valvula.
  • n. In entomology, the maxilla of a bee, which in repose folds against the tongue. See cut under Hymenoptera. Kirby.

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  • (n) one of a pair of claspers or male reproductive parts, by which the male holds the female during copulation.
    Plural valvae

    January 7, 2009