British Dictionary definitions for haltere
haltere or halter (ˈhæltɪə, ˈhæltə)
 
n , pl halteres
Also called: balancer one of a pair of short projections in dipterous insects that are modified hind wings, used for maintaining equilibrium during flight
 
[C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap]
 
halter or halter (ˈhæltɪə, ˈhæltə, hælˈtɪəriːz)
 
n
 
[C18: from Greek haltēres (plural) hand-held weights used as balancers or to give impetus in leaping, from hallesthai to leap]

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