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epigynum

[ih-pij-uh-nuh m] /ɪˈpɪdʒ ə nəm/
noun, Zoology
1.
the chitinous plate in arachnids that covers the opening to the female genital tract.
Also, epigyne
[ep-i-jahyn] /ˈɛp ɪˌdʒaɪn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of epigynum
1890-1895
1890-95; < New Latin, equivalent to epi- epi- + -gynum < Greek -gynon, neuter of -gynos; see -gynous
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