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[noo-rop-ter-uh n, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒp tər ən, nyʊ-/
Also, neuropteron. a neuropterous insect.
1835-45; < New Latin Neuropter(a), neuter plural of neuropterus (see neuropterous) + -an Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for neuropteran


noun (pl) -terans, -terons, -tera (-tərə)
any neuropterous insect


of, relating to, or belonging to the Neuroptera, an order of insects having two pairs of large much-veined wings and biting mouthparts: includes the lacewings and antlions
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C18: from New Latin Neuroptera; see neuro-, -pterous
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Any of various carnivorous insects of the order Neuroptera, having four net-veined wings and mouthparts adapted for chewing. Neuropterans include the lacewings and antlions. Formerly, the dobsonflies and alderflies, now classified as a separate order Megaloptera, and the snakeflies, now classified as the order Raphidiodea, were considered neuropterans.
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Encyclopedia Article for neuropteran

any of a group of insects commonly called lacewings because of the complex vein patterns in the wings, giving them a lacy appearance. In a strict sense, the order Neuroptera includes only the lacewings. However, two other closely related insect groups are frequently included in classification schemes as neuropterans. These are the snakeflies (Raphidiodea), so called for their body shape, and the dobsonflies and alderflies (Megaloptera). For completeness of discussion, all three groups are described in this article, but they are considered to be three separate orders

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