elytron

noun
el·​y·​tron | \ ˈe-lə-ˌträn How to pronounce elytron (audio) \
plural elytra\ ˈe-​lə-​trə How to pronounce elytron (audio) \

Definition of elytron

: 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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Examples of elytron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The creatures use the edge of the elytron and abdominal movements to fold the wing along creased lines. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 19 May 2017 The creatures use the edge of the elytron and abdominal movements to fold the wing along creased lines. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of elytron

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elytron

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

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“Elytron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elytron. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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