Also, hymenopter. a hymenopterous insect.

1875–80; hymenopter + -an

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hymenopteran or hymenopteron (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən)
n , pl -terans, -tera, -terons
any hymenopterous insect
hymenopteron or hymenopteron (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən, -tərə)

hymenopterous or hymenopteran (ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərəs)
of, relating to, or belonging to the Hymenoptera, an order of insects, including bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies, having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging, sawing, or piercing
[C19: from Greek humenopteros membrane wing; see hymen, -pterous]
hymenopteran or hymenopteran
[C19: from Greek humenopteros membrane wing; see hymen, -pterous]

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hymenopteran   (hī'mə-nŏp'tər-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various insects of the order Hymenoptera, having two pairs of wings and a characteristic thin constriction that separates the abdomen from the thorax. Some hymenopterans live in complex social groups. Hymenopterans include the ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies.
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any member of the third largest and perhaps the most beneficial to humans of all insect orders. More than 115,000 species have been described, including ants, bees, ichneumons, chalcids, sawflies, wasps, and lesser known types. Except in the polar regions, they are abundant in most habitats, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions

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