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elytron


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elytron  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  elytron 
  n  :  either  of  the  horny  front  wings  in  beetles  and  some  other 
  insects  which  cover  and  protect  the  functional  hind  wings 
  [syn:  {wing  case}] 




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