noun, plural hem·el·y·tra [he-mel-i-truh] /hɛˈmɛl ɪ trə/. Entomology.

  1. one of the forewings of a true bug, having a hard, thick basal portion and a thinner, membranous apex.

noun plural -tra (-trə)

  1. the forewing of plant bugs and related insects, having a thickened base and a membranous apex

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