Open Dictionary
mouse here to listen, click to choose/add more
Location: USA
Source: Learn That Word
Profile URL:

Are you a native English speaker? How do you pronounce this word?

Thank you for contributing!
upload mp3 file or record now it's easy, promised!

{%type%} Definitions

WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

n. - Hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles; The outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates; The dead skin at the base of a fingernail or toenail.

Usage examples (36)
  • Insect wing membrane is made of cuticle, which is extracellular secretion.
  • Normally referred to as the cuticle, but it is in fact not the true cuticle.
  • Beneath the cuticle is the fibrous part, consisting of many cells closely packed together.
  • And all the things we do to style it damages the cuticle, which is the protective layer that keeps the water out. for more
Tutoring comment

Tutoring comment not yet available...

add more
The Open Dictionary of English is a collaborative project, based on Open Source materials, LearnThat resources, and partner APIs.
We give special thanks to our LearnThat volunteers, as well as Princeton University and Wiktionary for their Open Source word data. We're also grateful for the support given by Google,,, and YouTube,,,,, as well as the generous Creative Commons community.