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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See elytron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 wing cover.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hard, horny case or cover which overlies the functional wing of many insects, especially of Coleoptera; the elytrum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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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