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[in-teg-yuh-muh nt] /ɪnˈtɛg yə mənt/

a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
any covering, coating, enclosure, etc.
the protective layer around an ovule that becomes the seed coat
the outer protective layer or covering of an animal, such as skin or a cuticle

1610s, from Latin integumentum “a covering,” from integere “to cover over,” from in- “in, upon” (see in- (2)) + tegere “to cover” (see stegosaurus).

integument in·teg·u·ment (ĭn-těg’yu-mənt)

in·teg’u·men’ta·ry (-měn’tə-rē, -měn’trē) adj.
A natural outer covering of an animal or plant or of one of its parts, such as skin, a shell, or the part of a plant ovule that develops into a seed coat.


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