Definition of exuviae in English:

exuviae

plural noun

Zoology
  • [also treated as singular] The cast or sloughed skin of an animal, especially of an insect larva.

    • ‘Within 48 hours, we washed the samples, removing inorganic material and invertebrate cases and exuviae, and sieved them through 1 mm mesh.’
    • ‘All specimens are exuviae, with thin and fragile carapaces and abdomens and fragmentary bodies and appendages.’
    • ‘Emerged adult Axarus and shed pupal exuviae were removed from the trap daily.’
    • ‘This assemblage, perhaps representing an accumulation of molted exuviae, was apparently preserved as the result of rapid burial by carbonate muds and silts during a storm event.’
    • ‘Whether the retainment of exuviae is characteristic of the species is open to question.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally animal skins, spoils of the enemy, from exuere divest oneself of.

Pronunciation:

exuviae

/ɪɡˈzjuːvɪiː/