Elytra



[el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/

noun
1.
plural of .
[el-i-tron] /ˈɛl ɪˌtrɒn/
noun, plural elytra
[el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/ (Show IPA)
1.
one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the posterior or flight wings.
[el-i-truh m] /ˈɛl ɪ trəm/
noun, plural elytra
[el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/ (Show IPA). Obsolete.
1.
.
/ˈɛlɪˌtrɒn/
noun (pl) -tra (-trə)
1.
either of the horny front wings of beetles and some other insects, which cover and protect the hind wings
n.

1774, plural of elytron “hardened wing of an insect,” from Greek elytron “sheath,” from elyein “to roll round,” from PIE root *wel- “to turn, roll,” with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects (see volvox).
elytron
(ěl’ĭ-trŏn’)

Plural elytra
Either of the modified forewings of a beetle or related insect that encase the thin hind wings used in flight.

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