Definition for elytra (2 of 3)
noun, plural el·y·tra [el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/.
Origin of elytron
Definition for elytra (3 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for elytra
noun plural -tra (-trə)
Word Origin for elytron
Word Origin and History for elytra
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).