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- n. A small sclerite situated above the base of the costal vein in the wings of various insects, and attached to the anterolateral portion of the mesonotum.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small appendage situated above the base of the wings of Hymenoptera and attached to the mesonotum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology: A sclerite attached to the lateral border of the mesoscutum and covering the base of the fore wing, as in hymenopterous insects. (See pterygoda and operculum .) A similar formation of lepidopterous insects is known as the patagium, scapula, or shoulder-tippet.
- n. A little membrane covering the metathoracic spiracle of dipterous insects: also called squama, prchalter, and covering-scale.
From Latin tegula ("a tile"), from tegō ("I cover"). (Wiktionary)