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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klahy-tel-uh m]
    • /klaɪˈtɛl əm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klahy-tel-uh m]
    • /klaɪˈtɛl əm/

Definitions of clitellum word

  • noun clitellum a thickened saddle-like region of epidermis in earthworms and leeches whose secretions bind copulating worms together and later form a cocoon around the eggs 3
  • noun plural clitellum a ring or saddle-shaped region of glandular tissue in the body wall of certain annelids, as earthworms and some leeches, that after copulation secretes a cocoon in which the eggs and sperm are deposited for fertilization and development. 1
  • noun clitellum A raised band encircling the body of oligochaete worms and some leeches, made up of reproductive segments. 1
  • noun clitellum (biology) A glandular swelling in the epidermis of some annelid worms; it secretes a viscous fluid in which the eggs are deposited. 0

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Origin of clitellum

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
1830-40; < New Latin, neuter noun based on Latin clītellae packsaddle

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clitellum popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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