elytron

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noun el·y·tron \ˈe-lə-ˌträn\

Definition of elytron

plural

elytra

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

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Origin and Etymology of elytron

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


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