noun, plural el·y·tra [el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/.
Origin of elytron
noun, plural el·y·tra [el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/. Obsolete.
Origin of elytrum
Examples from the Web for elytra
Historical Examples of elytra
The elytra are soldered at the median edge, so that it cannot spread its wings to fly.The Industries of Animals
Scutellar angle: of elytra is next to the scutel when wing is expanded.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Elytra entire at the sides; intermediate tibi with two spurs.
More, the wings are of the colour of the elytra, and without any white spots.Everyday Objects
W. H. Davenport Adams
Elytra also, as far as my observation goes, are never diaphanous.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
noun plural -tra (-trə)
Word Origin for elytron
1774, plural of elytron "hardened wing of an insect," from Greek elytron "sheath," from elyein "to roll round," from PIE root *wel- "to turn, roll," with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects (see volvox).