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n. pl. cli·tella (-tĕl′ə)
A glandular swelling of the epidermis of certain annelid worms, such as earthworms, that secretes a viscous fluid to form a cocoon in which the eggs are deposited.
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clitelluma saddle-like structure present around part of the anterior half of some ANNELID worms which contains glands that secrete mucus, forming a sheath round copulating animals and a cocoon round the eggs.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005