wing case

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wing case



(ˈɛl ɪˌtrɒn)

n., pl. -tra (-trə).
one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the rear wings.
[1745–55; < New Latin < Greek élytron literally, cover, case, akin to eilýein to enfold, wrap]
el′y•trous (-trəs) adj.
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Noun1.wing case - either of the horny front wings in beetles and some other insects which cover and protect the functional hind wings
wing - a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
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The dependency of [eta](T) was obtained for the same parameters as for the flapping wing case (Fig 8).
Pyro would bend his head and thorax backward until he rested on the ends of his head and wing cases.
Adult beetles can be identified by the metallic green and purple stripes on the wing cases and thorax.