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Sunday, July 22, 2012

integument

\in-TEG-yuh-muhnt\ , noun;
1.
A natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
2.
Any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
Quotes:
It seems to me that the process of adding an extra integument is unique to our species and easily understandable—we all want extra protection for our soft and vulnerable bodies.
-- William Boyd, Armadillo
The integuments which he wore in daytime were discarded and others were donned, of a kind which would serve but poorly to keep out the cold and to shed rain, sleet, or snow.
-- Frederick Philip Grove, Consider Her Ways
Origin:
Integument stems from the Latin root tegumentum meaning "a covering." It is also the root of the dinosaur name stegosaurus.
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