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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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The following setae were found: a pair of posterior setae P1 and P2 alongside the epicranial sulcus; a pair of F1 setae on the forehead; 2 pairs of setae AF1 and AF2 on the adfrontal sclerite; a pair of setae C1 and C2 on the clipeus; anterior setae A1, A2, and A3 on the lower side of the head, along with a lateral seta L1 and 3 ocellar setae.
Esta idea se apoya basicamente en aquellas piezas que presentan en su disco la figura de una Victoria alada sosteniendo un clipeus con la leyenda ANNVM NOWM FVSTVM FELICEM MIHI .
In a clipeus in the center of the apse is a representation of a bust of St.