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elytron (plural elytra)
- A sheath or outer covering, especially around the spinal cord or over the hindwings of certain insects.
- 1997, Thomas Pynchon, chapter 9, in Mason & Dixon, 1st US edition, New York: Henry Holt and Company, →ISBN, part One: Latitudes and Departures, page 88:
- In a corner, the Darkling Beetle rustles in its Cage, its Elytra the same unforgiving white as the great sand-waste call’d ‘Kalahari’ lying north of here […]
outer covering of insect