Meaning of elytron

el•y•tron

Pronunciation: (el'i-tron"), [key]
— pl. -tra
  1. one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the posterior or flight wings. Also calledSee diag. under
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