[ he-mel-i-tron ]

noun,plural hem·el·y·tra [he-mel-i-truh]. /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trə/. Entomology.
  1. 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

Other words from hemelytron

  • hem·el·y·tral [he-mel-i-truhl], /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trəl/, adjective

Words Nearby hemelytron

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British Dictionary definitions for hemelytron


hemielytron (ˌhɛmɪˈɛlɪˌtrɒn)

/ (hɛˈmɛlɪˌtrɒn) /

nounplural -tra (-trə)
  1. the forewing of plant bugs and related insects, having a thickened base and a membranous apex

Origin of hemelytron

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

Derived forms of hemelytron

  • hemelytral or hemielytral, adjective

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