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Compare French opercule. See operculum.


opercle ‎(plural opercles)

  1. (anatomy) Any of the bony plates supporting the gill covers of fishes; an opercular bone.
  2. (zoology) An operculum.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.