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ephippium

[ih-fip-ee-uh m] /ɪˈfɪp i əm/
noun, plural ephippia
[ih-fip-ee-uh] /ɪˈfɪp i ə/ (Show IPA).
Zoology
1.
a thick shell, consisting of two chitinous plates, that encloses and protects the winter eggs of a cladoceran.
Origin of ephippium
1835-1845
1835-45; < New Latin < Greek ephíppion, noun use of neuter of ephíppios for putting on a horse, equivalent to ep- ep- + hípp(os) horse + -ios adj. suffix
Related forms
ephippial, adjective
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