dipteran

dipteran
n. & adj.
—n. a dipterous insect.
—adj. = DIPTEROUS 1.
Etymology: mod.L diptera f. Gk diptera neut. pl. of dipterous two-winged (as DI-(2), pteron wing)

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noun
insects having usually a single pair of functional wings (anterior pair) with the posterior pair reduced to small knobbed structures and mouth parts adapted for sucking or lapping or piercing
Hypernyms: ↑insect
Hyponyms:
Member Holonyms: ↑Diptera, ↑order Diptera
Part Meronyms: ↑halter, ↑haltere, ↑balancer

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noun or adjective

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/dip"teuhr euhn/, adj.
1. dipterous (def. 1).
n.
2. a dipterous insect.
[1835-45; DIPTER(A) + -AN]

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dipˈteran noun
A dipterous insect
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Main Entry:Diptera

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ˈdipteran, a. and n. Entom.
[f. as dipter, Diptera + -an.]
A. adj. = dipterous. B. n. A dipterous insect.
in Brande Dict. Sci., etc.: and in mod. Dicts.

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