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[klip-ee-uh s] /ˈklɪp i əs/
noun, plural clypei
[klip-ee-ahy, -ee-ee] /ˈklɪp iˌaɪ, -iˌi/ (Show IPA)
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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clypeal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clypeus
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for clypeus


noun (pl) clypei (ˈklɪpɪˌaɪ)
a cuticular plate on the head of some insects between the labrum and the frons
Derived Forms
clypeal, adjective
clypeate (ˈklɪpɪˌeɪt) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin clipeus round shield
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