[ he-mel-i-tron ]
/ hɛˈmɛl ɪˌtrɒn /
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noun, plural hem·el·y·tra [he-mel-i-truh]. /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trə/. Entomology.
one of the forewings of a true bug, having a hard, thick basal portion and a thinner, membranous apex.
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OTHER WORDS FROM hemelytronhem·el·y·tral [he-mel-i-truhl], /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trəl/, adjective
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How to use hemelytron in a sentence
The coriaceous part of the hemelytra is of a purple tint, but the membranous part is brown.
Its thorax is greyish, the hemelytra of a greenish grey, the membranous wings white.
Claval suture: Hemiptera; at the base of hemelytra, separating the clavus.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
Hemelytra with a quadrangular or discoidal areole in the corium near the apex of the clavus (fig. 159e).Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
This skin is also found in some Hemelytra, but not in Tegmina.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
British Dictionary definitions for hemelytron
/ (hɛˈmɛlɪˌtrɒn) /
noun plural -tra (-trə)
the forewing of plant bugs and related insects, having a thickened base and a membranous apex
Derived forms of hemelytronhemelytral or hemielytral, adjective
Word Origin for hemelytron
C19: from New Latin hemielytron, from hemi- + Greek elutron a covering
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