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wing case

noun Entomology.
  1. elytron.
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Origin of wing case

First recorded in 1655–65
Also called wing cover.
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Examples from the Web for wing-case

Historical Examples of wing-case

  • On the right side of the body, in fig. 3, the wing has been folded up, and is covered by the wing-case.

    Chatterbox, 1905.


  • Shard, shrd, n. a fragment, as of an earthen vessel: the wing-case of a beetle.

  • Certainly this resembles a rough sketch of the future wing-case; but how different from the mature structure!

  • The instrument by which it produces its music is contrived out of the ordinary nervures of the wing-case.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Here was the hind-leg of one of the smaller beetles, there the wing-case of a flying creature.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for wing-case


  1. the nontechnical name for elytron
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