- elysian fields,
- elytis, odysseus,
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
It has elytra of a beautiful green, with three ribs, and the legs yellowish.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
They may be considered under the same heads nearly as elytra.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
This reversal causes the wings and elytra to fall into their natural position.Social Life in the Insect World|J. H. Fabre
Elytra with four double rows of impressed punctures, united at the end.Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1.|J Lort Stokes
Don't you see the distinguishing mark of the coleoptera, those two elytra, or wing-covers, which meet in the median dorsal line?Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930|Victor Rousseau
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).