exuviae

Definitions:

  • The cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms, such as the shells of crabs or the external coverings of the larvae and nymphs of insects.
  • Cast-off skins, shells, or other coverings of animals; any parts of animals which are shed or sloughed off, as the skins of caterpillars, the shells of lobsters, the cuticle of snakes, the feathers of birds.
  • Skins of animals artificially removed and prepared for preservation.
  • Cast skins, shells, or coverings of animals; any parts of animals which are shed or cast off, as the skins of snakes, the shells of lobsters, etc.
  • The fossil shells and other remains which animals have left in the strata of the earth.
  • Plural form of <xref>exuvia</xref>.
  • The <xref>coverings</xref> of an <xref>animal</xref> that have been <xref>shed</xref> or <xref>cast</xref> off, particularly the <xref>molted</xref> <xref>exoskeletons</xref> of <xref>arthropods</xref>.
  • Roman military term for weaponry and equipment stripped from the person of a foe; <xref>booty</xref>.
  • cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms during ecdysis
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