hymenoptera

hymenopteron

[hahy-muh-nop-ter-uhn]
noun, plural hymenoptera [hahy-muh-nop-ter-ter-uh] .

Origin:
1875–80; < Greek, neuter singular of hymenópteros hymenopterous

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Hymenoptera
1773, "order of insects that includes ants, wasps, and bees," coined in Mod.L. 1748 by Linnæus from Gk. hymen (gen. hymenos) "membrane" + pteron "wing" (see petition).
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