noun (pl=cephalothoraxes, pl2=cephalothoraces)
- (anatomy) The fused head and thorax of spiders and crustaceans.
- 1874 CE: T. De Witt Talmage, Around the tea-table
- : "Come in!" says the gray spider to the house-fly; "I have entertained a great many flies. I have plenty of room, fine meals and a gay life. ... Philosophers have written volumes about my antennae and ."
Etymology: From the cephal, from the - (kephalo-), from (kephal, meaning head), from the (PIE.) root ghebh-el-; + thorax.
- French: céphalothorax
- German: Kopfbruststí¼ck
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