either of the front pair of modified, usually thickened, wings in certain insects, esp. beetles, which act as protective covering for the rear wings
Origin of elytronModern Latin from Classical Greek a covering, sheath from Indo-European an unverified form welutrom from base an unverified form wel-, to roll from source walk
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 .
Origin of elytronNew Latin from Greek elutron sheath ; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A sheath or outer covering, especially around the spinal cord or over the hindwings of certain insects.
From Ancient Greek ἔλυτρον (elutron, “sheath”).