epigynum

epigynum

[ih-pij-uh-nuhm]
noun Zoology.
the chitinous plate in arachnids that covers the opening to the female genital tract.
Also, epigyne [ep-i-jahyn] .


Origin:
1890–95; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gynum < Greek -gynon, neuter of -gynos; see -gynous

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