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tegula

[teg-yuh-luh] /ˈtɛg yə lə/
noun, plural tegulae
[teg-yuh-lee] /ˈtɛg yəˌli/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in certain insects) a scalelike lobe at the base of the forewing.
Origin of tegula
1820-1830
1820-30; < Latin tēgula tile
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  • The actual base of the anterior wing is covered by a little convex somewhat shell-like cap, called the tegula (T).

    Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants Edward Saunders

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