American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See elytron.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hard, horny case or cover which overlies the functional wing of many insects, especially of Coleoptera; the elytrum. In hemipterous insects the wing-cases are technically called
hemielytra. Wing-cases are always the modified fore wings; when these wings are but little modified, as in orthopterous insects, they are called tegmina. See cuts under beetle, chrysalis, clavus, Coleoptera, and katydid. Also wing-cover.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) one of the anterior wings of beetles, and of some other insects, when thickened and used to protect the hind wings; an elytron; -- called also
- n. either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings
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