Coleoptera

[koh-lee-op-ter-uh, kol-ee-]
noun
the order comprising the beetles.

Origin:
1755–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek koleóptera, neuter plural of koleópteros sheath-winged, equivalent to koleo- (combining form representing koleón sheath, scabbard; see -o-) + -pteros -pterous; term used by Aristotle in describing beetles

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coleopteron

[koh-lee-op-ter-uhn, kol-ee-]
noun, plural coleoptera [koh-lee-op-ter-uh, kol-ee-] .
a coleopterous insect; beetle.

Origin:
1755–65; < Neo-Latin < Greek: singular of Coleoptera

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coleoptera
1763, from Mod.L., from Gk. koleopteros, lit. "sheath-wing," used by Aristotle to describe beetles, from koleos "sheath" + pteron "wing" (see petition).
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