plural nounsing. -·via
Zool. castoff coverings of animals, as crab shells or the skins of snakes
Origin of exuviaeL, that which is stripped off, spoils from exuere, to strip off from ex-, away + Indo-European base an unverified form eu-, to put on from source Lithuanian aviù, to wear footwear
The cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms, such as the shells of crabs or the external coverings of the larvae and nymphs of insects.
Origin of exuviaeLatin from exuere to take off ; see eu- in Indo-European roots.
a newly emerged cicada with its brown exuviae
From Latin exuō (“cast off, undress”).