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[proh-noh-tuh m] /proʊˈnoʊ təm/
noun, plural pronota
[proh-noh-tuh] /proʊˈnoʊ tə/ (Show IPA)
the dorsal sclerite of the prothorax of an insect.
Origin of pronotum
1830-40; < New Latin; see pro-1, notum Unabridged
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  • Body short and stocky, reddish brown with a brown line on head and pronotum.
  • pronotum broad, basal margin sinuate, without any impressions.
  • pronotum wide, convex, with transverse and longitudinal furrows basally.
  • Lateral carinae of pronotum cut by one or two sulci.
  • pronotum wide and short, lateral margin narrowly explanate.
  • The head, pronotum, and underside of body are covered with faintly reticulated sculpturing.
  • They also have patches of coppery or bluish metallic-colored punctures on the head and pronotum.
  • Punctures on the pronotum are elongate instead of round.
British Dictionary definitions for pronotum


the notum of the prothorax of an insect
Word Origin
C19: pro-² + notum
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