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.
[Latin, from exuere, to take off; see eu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ex·uvi·al (-vē-əl) adj.
(click for a larger image)exuviae
a newly emerged cicada with its brown exuviae
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