n.; pl. -mae [L. squama, scale]
1. Any decumbent scale.
2. (ARTHROPODA: Crustacea)
A scale-like exopod of the antenna; see scaphocerite.
3. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
a. In Hymenoptera, a dorsolateral lobe of the phallobase; in ants, the first abdominal segment. b. In Hemiptera, the fimbriate or spine-like marginal process of coccoids; plates; scaly hairs. c. In Lepidoptera, the scale-like structure covering the wing base of the fore wings; see patagium. d. In Diptera, the calypters; palpiger; alar squama; antisquama; alula; in mosquitoes, the short broad scales on the wing veins; median scale; flat scale. e. In Odonata, the lateral expansion of the mentum. f. In Diaspidinae, see gland spines.
4. (MOLLUSCA: Bivalvia)
A thin, long, concentric imbrication.

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