Elytron
Elytron El"y*tron (?; 277), Elytrum El"y*trum (-tr?m)n.; pl. {Elytra}. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to roll round.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) One of the anterior pair of wings in the Coleoptera and some other insects, when they are thick and serve only as a protection for the posterior pair. See {Coleoptera}. (b) One of the shieldlike dorsal scales of certain annelids. See {Ch[ae]topoda}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Elytron — (gr.), Hülle, Futteral, Scheide, Mutterscheide; daher Elytrasesie, Verwachsung der Scheide, Mangel der Mutlerscheidenössnung. Elytritis, Scheidenentzündung, Gonorrhöe des weiblichen Geschlechts. Elytroblennorrhöa, Leukorrhoa der Scheide.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Elytron — (griech.), Hülle, Scheide, Decke, bei spätern Schriftstellern auch soviel wie Mutterscheide; Elytritis, Scheidenentzündung; Elytroblennorrhoe, Scheidenschleimhautfluß; Elytrocele, Scheidenbruch; Elytroncus, Scheidengeschwulst; Elytroptosis,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • elytron — [el′itrəm] n. pl. elytra [el′itrəel′i trän΄] n. elytra [el′itrə] [ModL < Gr a covering, sheath < IE * welutrom < base * wel , to roll > WALK] either of the front pair of modified, usually thickened, wings in certain insects, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • Elytron — An elytron (plural: elytra) is a modified, hardened forewing of certain insect orders, notably beetles (Coleoptera) and true bugs (Hemiptera). An elytron is sometimes also referred to as a shard.The elytra primarily serve as protection for the… …   Wikipedia

  • Elytron — Ely|tron 〈n.; s, Ely|tren〉 = Deckflügel [<grch. elytron „Hülle, Futteral, Behälter“] * * * Ely|tron, das; s, Elytren [griech. élytron] (Zool.): Deckflügel …   Universal-Lexikon

  • elytron — n.; pl. tra [Gr. elytron, sheath] 1. (ANNELIDA: Polychaeta) The numerous modified setae in the form of scales or plates. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A thickened, leathery, or horny fore wing or wing cover of certain insects; see hemelytron. 3.… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • elytron — elytrous /el i treuhs/, adj. /el i tron /, n., pl. elytra / treuh/. one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the posterior or flight wings. Also called wing case, wing cover. See diag …   Universalium

  • Elytron — Ely|tron das; s, ...tren (meist Plur.) <aus gr. élytron »Hülle«> zur Schutzdecke umgewandelter Vorderflügel der Käfer, Wanzen, Grillen u. a …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • elytron — el•y•tron [[t]ˈɛl ɪˌtrɒn[/t]] n. pl. tra ( trə). ent one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the rear wings • Etymology: 1745–55; < NL < Gk élytron lit., cover, case, akin to… …   From formal English to slang

  • elytron — noun (plural elytra) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek, sheath, wing cover, from eilyein to roll, wrap more at voluble Date: 1774 one of the anterior wings in beetles and some other insects that serve to protect the posterior pair of functional… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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