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hymenopteran

[hahy-muh-nop-ter-uh n] /ˌhaɪ məˈnɒp tər ən/
adjective
noun
2.
Also, hymenopter. a hymenopterous insect.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; hymenopter + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for hymenopteran

hymenopteran

/ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərən/
noun (pl) -terans, -tera (-tərə), -terons
1.
any hymenopterous insect

hymenopterous

/ˌhaɪmɪˈnɒptərəs/
adjective
1.
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
Word Origin
C19: from Greek humenopteros membrane wing; see hymen, -pterous
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hymenopteran
  (hī'mə-nŏp'tər-ən)   
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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Encyclopedia Article for hymenopteran

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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