noun, plural el·y·tra [el-i-truh] /ˈɛl ɪ trə/.

  1. one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the posterior or flight wings.

noun plural -tra (-trə)

  1. either of the horny front wings of beetles and some other insects, which cover and protect the hind wings

Plural elytra

  1. Either of the modified forewings of a beetle or related insect that encase the thin hind wings used in flight.

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