noun, plural el·y·tra [el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/.
one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the posterior or flight wings.
Origin of elytron
1745–55; < New Latin < Greek élytron a covering
Also called wing case, wing cover.
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Historical Examples of elytron
Axis: a small process at base of elytron, upon which it turns.
Complicant: when one elytron extends over the other and partially covers it.
Sometimes the glands are found beneath the disk of the elytron, opening by pores on the surface.
noun plural -tra (-trə)
either of the horny front wings of beetles and some other insects, which cover and protect the hind wings
Word Origin for elytron
C18: from Greek elutron sheath, covering
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Either of the modified forewings of a beetle or related insect that encase the thin hind wings used in flight.
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