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n. pl. clyp·e·i (-ē-ī′)
A shieldlike plate on the front of the head of an insect.

[New Latin, from Latin clipeus, round shield.]

clyp′e·al (-ē-əl) adj.


n, pl clypei (ˈklɪpɪˌaɪ)
(Zoology) a cuticular plate on the head of some insects between the labrum and the frons
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin clipeus round shield]
ˈclypeal adj
clypeate adj


(ˈklɪp i əs)

n., pl. clyp•e•i (ˈklɪp iˌaɪ, -iˌi)
a rounded plate at the front of an insect's head, above the mouthparts.
[1825–35; < New Latin; Latin clypeus, clipeus round shield]
clyp′e•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clypeus - a shield-like plate on the front of an insect's headclypeus - a shield-like plate on the front of an insect's head
protective covering - the tough natural covering of some organisms
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
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