integument

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Borrowed from Latin integumentum (a covering).

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integument (plural integuments)

  1. (biology) An outer protective covering such as the feathers or skin of an animal, a rind or shell.
    • 1984, Jack Vance, Rhialto the Marvellous:
      Sarsem became a naked young epicene in an integument of lavender scales with puffs of purple hair like pom-poms growing down his back.
  2. (botany) The outer layer of an ovule, which develops into the seed coat.
    • 1920, D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love, ch. 1:
      Her active living was suspended, but underneath, in the darkness, something was coming to pass. If only she could break through the last integuments!

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Etymology[edit]

From French integumentum, from Latin integumentum.

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integument n (plural integumente)

  1. integument

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