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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.


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From Latin tegula ("a tile"), from tegō ("I cover").


  • Patagium - ia: in Lepidoptera, those sclerites that cover the base of primaries: often used as synonymous with tegula and squamula, q.v.: assigned by some writers to the pro -, by others to the meso-thorax: homologized with the paraptera of meso-thorax.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

  • Stella has given him some tiles to roof his house; he would like a cloak as well: cum pluvias madidumque Iovem perferre negaret et rudis hibernis villa nataret aquis, plurima, quae posset subitos effundere nimbos, muneribus venit tegula missa tuis. horridus ecce sonat Boreae stridore December:

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • SI quis forte mei domum Catonis, depictas minio assulas, et illos custodis uidet hortulos Priapi, miratur quibus ille disciplinis tantam sit sapientiam assecutus, 5 quem tres cauliculi, selibra farris, racemi duo tegula sub una ad summam prope nutriant senectam.

    The Garden of Valerius Cato

  • HelikewileTilitcdthcholpital, and o conuilt on the fnllowing propoji - exprefled great Eiliifaflion at the tegula - tioni, \vbich are a part of the intended al - rity and order eftablUhed there. terationi and pnapoGtions.

    The Edinburgh magazine, or Literary miscellany

  • laesit et obiectum tegula curta caput. denique quis nostro curuum te funere uidit.

    Cynthia Dead


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