elytron

noun
el·​y·​tron | \ˈe-lə-ˌträn \
plural elytra\ˈe-​lə-​trə \

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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The creatures use the edge of the elytron and abdominal movements to fold the wing along creased lines. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Origami-Like Folds of Ladybug Wings Could Lead to Better Umbrellas," 19 May 2017 The creatures use the edge of the elytron and abdominal movements to fold the wing along creased lines. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Origami-Like Folds of Ladybug Wings Could Lead to Better Umbrellas," 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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