One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Entomology. A transverse partition between segments of the thorax or between the metathorax and abdomen, occurring in some insects.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Kirby (1759–1850), entomologist and naturalist. From scientific Latin phragma from ancient Greek ϕραγματ-, ϕράγμα fence, screen from the stem of ϕράσσειν (Attic ϕράττειν) to fence in, of unknown origin + -μα.
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