noun, plural clypei [klip-ee-ahy, -ee-ee] .
the area of the facial wall of an insect's head between the labrum and the frons, usually separated from the latter by a groove.

1825–35; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin clypeus, clipeus round shield

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clypeus (ˈklɪpɪəs)
n , pl clypei
a cuticular plate on the head of some insects between the labrum and the frons
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin clipeus round shield]

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The beetle delivered the coup de grace with its clypeus, a plate on its face that carries two sharp teeth.
Frontal ridge extremely short, narrow, forming high perpendicular ridge towards clypeus.
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