[ el-i-tron ]
/ ˈɛl ɪˌtrɒn /
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.
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Also called wing case, wing cover.
Origin of elytron
1745–55; <New Latin <Greek élytron a covering
OTHER WORDS FROM elytronel·y·trous [el-i-truhs], /ˈɛl ɪ trəs/, adjective
Words nearby elytron
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Example sentences from the Web for elytron
Sometimes the glands are found beneath the disk of the elytron, opening by pores on the surface.
Axis: a small process at base of elytron, upon which it turns.
Complicant: when one elytron extends over the other and partially covers it.
British Dictionary definitions for elytron
/ (ˈɛlɪˌtrɒn) /
noun plural -tra (-trə)
either of the horny front wings of beetles and some other insects, which cover and protect the hind wings
Derived forms of elytronelytroid or elytrous, adjective
Word Origin for elytron
C18: from Greek elutron sheath, covering
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Scientific definitions for elytron
[ ĕl′ĭ-trŏn′ ]
Either of the modified forewings of a beetle or related insect that encase the thin hind wings used in flight.
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