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elytron

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noun el·y·tron \ˈe-lə-ˌträn\

Definition of elytron

plural el·y·traplay \-trə\

  1. :  one of the anterior wings in beetles and some other insects that serve to protect the posterior pair of functional wings



Illustration of elytron

Origin of elytron

New Latin, from Greek, sheath, wing cover, from eilyein to roll, wrap — more at voluble


First Known Use: 1774


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