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exuviae

[ig-zoo-vee-ee, ik-soo-] /ɪgˈzu viˌi, ɪkˈsu-/
plural noun
1.
the cast skins, shells, or other coverings of animals.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin, derivative of exuere to remove, strip off, divest oneself of, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -uere to put on
Related forms
exuvial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exuvial

exuviae

/ɪɡˈzjuːvɪˌiː/
plural noun
1.
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 exuvial

exuviae

n.

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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