Elytroid

El"y*troid

(?), a. [Gr. sheath, a wing case + -oid.] (Zol.) Resembling a beetle's wing case.

El"y*tron

(?; 277),

El"y*trum

(-trm) n.;
pl. Elytra (#).
[NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to roll round.] (Zol.) (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 Chtopoda.
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