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cuticle

cu·ti·cle

cuticle

 
pronunciation:
kyu tih kl
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the outer layer of the skin; epidermis.
definition 2: the hardened, nonliving skin at the base and sides of fingernails and toenails.
definition 3: the protective outer covering of plants and various lower animals such as earthworms.
The beetle is protected from predators by its hard, slippery cuticle.
similar words:
skin
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derivation: cuticular (adj.)