ephippium

ephippium

[ih-fip-ee-uhm]
noun, plural ephippia [ih-fip-ee-uh] . Zoology.
a thick shell, consisting of two chitinous plates, that encloses and protects the winter eggs of a cladoceran.

Origin:
1835–45; < Neo-Latin < Greek ephíppion, noun use of neuter of ephíppios for putting on a horse, equivalent to ep- ep- + hípp(os) horse + -ios adj. suffix

ephippial, adjective
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