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elytron

(ĕl′ĭ-trŏn′)
n. pl. ely·tra (-trə)
Either of the leathery or chitinous forewings of a beetle or a related insect, serving to encase the membranous hind wings used in flight. Also called wing case.

el′y·troid′ (-troid′) adj.
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elytron

see COLEOPTERA.
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