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[ig-zoo-vee-ee, ik-soo-] /ɪgˈzu viˌi, ɪkˈsu-/
plural noun
the cast skins, shells, or other coverings of animals.
1645-55; < Latin, derivative of exuere to remove, strip off, divest oneself of, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -uere to put on
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exuvial, adjective Unabridged
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  • He noticed that some of the exuviae looked different from the others.
  • First exuviae terminal, pale yellow, projecting partly beyond the second exuviae.
  • exuviae of recently emerged individuals can be found clinging to emergent vegetation or on the shore of breeding ponds.
British Dictionary definitions for exuviae


plural noun
layers of skin or cuticle shed by animals during ecdysis
Derived Forms
exuvial, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: something stripped off (the body), from exuere to strip off
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Word Origin and History for exuviae

1660s, Latin, literally "that which is stripped off," hence "clothing, equipment, arms, booty, spoils," from stem of exuere, from PIE *eis- "to dress."

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