[ he-mel-i-tron ]
/ hɛˈmɛl ɪˌtrɒn /

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.

Origin of hemelytron

First recorded in 1820–30; hem(i)- + elytron
Related formshem·el·y·tral [he-mel-i-truh l] /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trəl/, adjective
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hemielytron (ˌhɛmɪˈɛlɪˌtrɒn)

/ (hɛˈmɛlɪˌtrɒn) /

noun plural -tra (-trə)

the forewing of plant bugs and related insects, having a thickened base and a membranous apex
Derived Formshemelytral or hemielytral, adjective

Word Origin for hemelytron

C19: from New Latin hemielytron, from hemi- + Greek elutron a covering
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