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dermapteran

[der-map-ter-uh n] /dərˈmæp tər ən/
adjective
1.
Also, dermapterous. belonging or pertaining to the insect order Dermaptera, comprising the earwigs.
noun
2.
any of numerous brown to black, small to medium-sized nocturnal insects of the order Dermaptera, widely distributed in warm, moist areas, characterized by a slender, elongated, flattened body with pincerlike appendages at the tail end of the abdomen.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin Dermapter(a) (irregular < Greek dermóptera (see dermopteran), or a deliberate alteration of Dermoptera to keep the taxa distinct) + -an
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dermapteran

/dɜːˈmæptərən/
noun
1.
any insect of the order Dermaptera, the earwigs
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to this order
Word Origin
C19: from Greek derma (see derma1) + pteron wing
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dermapteran
  (dər-māp'tər-ən)   
Any of various insects of the order Dermaptera, having an elongated flattened body equipped with a pair of pincerlike appendages at the posterior end. Dermapterans include the earwigs.
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