Definition of pronotum in English:

pronotum

noun

Entomology
  • The dorsal sclerite or tergum of the prothorax of an insect, which in certain groups such as coleopterans (beetles) and orthopterans (crickets, etc.) forms a protective shield over the thorax.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Shuckard (?1803–1868), entomologist. From German Pronotum from pro- + ancient Greek νῶτον. For note on parallel formations see mesonotum.

Pronunciation

pronotum

/prəʊˈnəʊt(ə)m/