elytra 1774, pl. of elytron "hardened wing of an insect," from Gk. elytron “sheath,” from elyein "to roll round," from PIE root *wel- "to turn, roll" (with derivatives referring to curved, enclosing objects); see VULVA (Cf. vulva).

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