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Meaning of ELYTRON

Pronunciation:  'eli`trân

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings
 

ELYTRON is a 7 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: wing case
 
 See Also: wing

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\El"y*tron\ (?; 277), Elytrum \El"y*trum\ (-tr?m)n.; pl.
{Elytra}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to roll round.] (Zo["o]l.)
(a) One of the anterior pair of wings in the Coleoptera and
    some other insects, when they are thick and serve only as
    a protection for the posterior pair. See {Coleoptera}.
(b) One of the shieldlike dorsal scales of certain annelids.
    See {Ch[ae]topoda}.

 

 

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