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[hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh n] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən/
noun, plural hymenoptera
[hahy-muh-nop-ter-ter-uh] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər tər ə/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hymenopteron
1875-80; < Greek, neuter singular of hymenópteros hymenopterous Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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order of insects that includes ants, wasps, and bees, 1773, coined in Modern Latin 1748 by Linnæus from Greek hymen (genitive hymenos) "membrane" (see hymen) + pteron "wing" (see pterodactyl). Related: Hymenopterous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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