dip tera

Diptera

[dip-ter-uh, -truh]
noun
1.
the order comprising the dipterous insects.
2.
(lowercase) plural of dipteron.

Origin:
1810–20; < Neo-Latin < Greek, neuter plural of dípteros two-winged, equivalent to di- di-1 + -pteros -pterous

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dipteron

[dip-tuh-ron]
noun, plural diptera [dip-ter-uh] .
a dipterous insect.

Origin:
1890–95; < Greek, neuter of dípteros; see Diptera

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Diptera Dip·ter·a (dĭp'tər-ə)
n.
An order of insects comprising the true flies, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings and a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and including many important disease vectors such as the mosquito, tsetse fly, and sandfly.

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