Opercle O"per*cle, n. [Cf. F. opercule. See {Operculum}.] 1. (Anat.) Any one of the bony plates which support the gill covers of fishes; an opercular bone. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) An operculum. [1913 Webster]

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