Definition of phragma in English:

phragma

noun

  • Entomology. A transverse partition between segments of the thorax or between the metathorax and abdomen, occurring in some insects.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

phragma

/ˈfraɡmə/