a median plate or shieldlike process on the anterior portion of the head of certain insects
Origin of clypeusModern Latin ; from Classical Latin clipeus, clupeus, a shield
A shieldlike plate on the front of the head of an insect.
Origin of clypeusNew Latin, from Latin clipeus, round shield.
- The shield-shaped front part of an insect's head or a spider's cephalothorax.
- 1990: Cuisinart stuck a human eyelash to his clypeus with saliva, twisted it into a handlebar mustache, and greeted citizens as they arrived at the rim of the sink. — Daniel Evan Weiss, The Roaches Have No King (Serpent's Tail 2001, p.16)
- 1996: When viewed from the front, the part of the carapace between the anterior eyes and the front edge of the carapace is called the clypeus. — Michael J. Roberts, Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins 1996, p. 14)
From Latin clipeus ‘round shield’.