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[ig-zoo-vee-ee, ik-soo-] /ɪgˈzu viˌi, ɪkˈsu-/
plural noun
the cast skins, shells, or other coverings of animals.
Origin of exuviae
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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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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