One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in insects) the posterior part of the side wall of a thoracic segment.
- ‘Together the epimera on each side form a wall that encloses and protects the space ventral to the sternites.’
- ‘Where the posterior margin intercepts the lateral margin on either side, a sharp, posteriorly directed epimeron is formed.’
- ‘Its posterior margin runs at right angles to the longitudinal axis, before swinging inwards to form distinct genal angles and a genal epimeron on the left-hand side.’
Mid 19th century: from epi- ‘near’ + Greek mēros ‘thigh’.
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