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coleopteron

[koh-lee-op-ter-uh n, kol-ee-] /ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər ən, ˌkɒl i-/
noun, plural coleoptera
[koh-lee-op-ter-uh, kol-ee-] /ˌkoʊ liˈɒp tər ə, ˌkɒl i-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a coleopterous insect; beetle.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Neo-Latin < Greek: singular of Coleoptera
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British Dictionary definitions for coleopteron

coleopteran

/ˌkɒlɪˈɒptərən/
noun
1.
any of the insects of the cosmopolitan order Coleoptera, in which the forewings are modified to form shell-like protective elytra. The order includes the beetles and weevils
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Coleoptera
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin Coleoptera, from Greek koleoptera, from koleopteros sheath-winged, from koleon sheath + pteron wing
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