hemelytron
noun (plural hemelytra) Etymology: New Latin, from hemi- + elytron Date: circa 1889 one of the basally thickened anterior wings of various insects (as true bugs)

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  • Hemelytron — Hem*el y*tron (? or ?), Hemelytrum Hem*el y*trum ( tr[u^]m cf. {Elytron}, 277),, n.; pl. {Hemelytra}. [NL. See {Hemi}, and {Elytron}.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the partially thickened anterior wings of certain insects, as of many Hemiptera, the earwigs …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hemelytron — [he mel′itrəm] n. pl. hemelytra [he mel′itrəhe mel′i trän΄] n. hemelytra [he mel′itrə] [ModL < HEM(I) + ELYTRON] either of the forewings of hemipteran insects, having a thickened basal portion and a membranous end: also hemelytrum [he… …   English World dictionary

  • hemelytron — n.; pl. tra [Gr. hemisys, half; elytron, sheath] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A fore wing in which only the basal portion is hardened; wing covers; also spelled hemelytran, hemelytrum, hemielytron; hemelytral a; see elytron,tegmen …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • hemelytron — hemelytral /he mel i treuhl/, adj. /he mel i tron /, n., pl. hemelytra / treuh/. Entomol. one of the forewings of a true bug, having a hard, thick basal portion and a thinner, membranous apex. Also, hemielytron. [1820 30; HEM(I) + ELYTRON] * * * …   Universalium

  • hemelytron — hem·el·y·tron …   English syllables

  • hemelytron — hem•el•y•tron [[t]hɛˈmɛl ɪˌtrɒn[/t]] n. pl. tra ( trə). ent one of the forewings of a hemipterous insect, having a hard, thick basal portion and a thinner membranous apex • Etymology: 1820–30; hem (i) +elytron hem•el′y•tral, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • hemelytron — /həˈmɛlətrən/ (say huh meluhtruhn) noun (plural hemelytra /həˈmɛlətrə/ (say huh meluhtruh)) one of the fore wings of hemipterous and especially heteropterous insects, leathery at the base and membranous at the tip. Also, hemielytron. {variant of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hemelytron — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hemelytra — Hemelytron Hem*el y*tron (? or ?), Hemelytrum Hem*el y*trum ( tr[u^]m cf. {Elytron}, 277),, n.; pl. {Hemelytra}. [NL. See {Hemi}, and {Elytron}.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the partially thickened anterior wings of certain insects, as of many Hemiptera,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hemelytrum — Hemelytron Hem*el y*tron (? or ?), Hemelytrum Hem*el y*trum ( tr[u^]m cf. {Elytron}, 277),, n.; pl. {Hemelytra}. [NL. See {Hemi}, and {Elytron}.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the partially thickened anterior wings of certain insects, as of many Hemiptera,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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