|1.||Also: dipteran of, relating to, or belonging to the Diptera, a large order of insects having a single pair of wings and sucking or piercing mouthparts. The group includes flies, mosquitoes, craneflies, and midges|
|2.||botany having two winglike parts: a dipterous seed|
|[C18: from New Latin, from Greek dipteros, from di- two + pteros wing]|
dipterous dip·ter·ous (dĭp'tər-əs)
Of or characteristic of insects of the order Diptera.
Having two wings or winglike appendages.
|dipteran (dĭp'tər-ən) Pronunciation Key
Any of various insects of the order Diptera, characterized by a single pair of membranous wings, a pair of club-shaped balancing organs, and large compound eyes. Dipterans include the flies, mosquitoes, midges, and gnats.