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elytrum

[el-i-truh m] /ˈɛl ɪ trəm/
noun, plural elytra
[el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/ (Show IPA).
Obsolete
1.
Origin
Latinized variant of elytron
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elytron

/ˈɛlɪˌtrɒn/
noun (pl) -tra (-trə)
1.
either of the horny front wings of beetles and some other insects, which cover and protect the hind wings
Derived Forms
elytroid, elytrous, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Greek elutron sheath, covering
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