1. <botany> The upper lip or helmet-shaped part of a labiate flower.

2. <surgery> A kind of bandage for the head.

3. Headache extending all over the head.

4. <paleontology> A genus of fossil echini, having a vaulted, helmet-shaped shell.

5. <zoology> The anterior, outer process of the second joint of the maxillae in certain insects.

Origin: L, a helmet.

(01 Mar 1998)

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