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hemelytron

[he-mel-i-tron] /hɛˈmɛl ɪˌtrɒn/
noun, plural hemelytra
[he-mel-i-truh] /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trə/ (Show IPA).
Entomology
1.
one of the forewings of a true bug, having a hard, thick basal portion and a thinner, membranous apex.
Also, hemielytron.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; hem(i)- + elytron
Related forms
hemelytral
[he-mel-i-truh l] /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hemelytra

hemelytron

/hɛˈmɛlɪˌtrɒn/
noun (pl) -tra (-trə)
1.
the forewing of plant bugs and related insects, having a thickened base and a membranous apex
Derived Forms
hemelytral, hemielytral, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin hemielytron, from hemi- + Greek elutron a covering
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