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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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One of the thickened sclerotized anterior wings in beetles and some other insects that serve only to protect the posterior pair. (plural)

Usage examples (34)
  • Brachelytra: with abbreviated wing covers or elytra.
  • Heavy, often patterned, elytra cover a pair of membranous wings.
  • Elytrin: = chitin, q.v. Elytron: singular of elytra; q.v. Elytroptera: see Coleoptera.
  • Holotype: the unique type: = type; q.v. Homelytra: elytra of similar or equal substance. for more
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