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”).