wing case
noun Date: 1661 elytron

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  • Wing case — Wing Wing, n. [OE. winge, wenge; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. v[ae]ngr.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wing case — An extension added to a case that protrudes at an angle on either side of the main case …   Glossary of postal terms

  • wing case — wing′ case n. ent elytron • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • wing case — noun either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings • Syn: ↑elytron • Hypernyms: ↑wing * * * noun : elytron 1 * * * Entomol. elytron. Also called wing cover. [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wing case — /ˈwɪŋ keɪs/ (say wing kays) noun → elytron. Also, wing cover …   Australian English dictionary

  • wing case — Entomol. elytron. Also called wing cover. [1655 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • wing case — noun each of a pair of modified toughened forewings covering the functional wings of a beetle or other insect …   English new terms dictionary

  • wing-case — n. (Ent.) Sheath …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Wing — Wing, n. [OE. winge, wenge; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. v[ae]ngr.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for flight …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wing and wing — Wing Wing, n. [OE. winge, wenge; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. v[ae]ngr.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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