Origin of wing case
First recorded in 1655–65
Also called wing cover.
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Examples from the Web for wing-case
On the right side of the body, in fig. 3, the wing has been folded up, and is covered by the wing-case.Chatterbox, 1905.
Shard, shrd, n. a fragment, as of an earthen vessel: the wing-case of a beetle.
Certainly this resembles a rough sketch of the future wing-case; but how different from the mature structure!Social Life in the Insect World
J. H. Fabre
The instrument by which it produces its music is contrived out of the ordinary nervures of the wing-case.The Western World
Here was the hind-leg of one of the smaller beetles, there the wing-case of a flying creature.The Forgotten Planet
- the nontechnical name for elytron
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