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orthopteran

[awr-thop-ter-uh n] /ɔrˈθɒp tər ən/
adjective
noun
2.
an orthopterous insect.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < New Latin Orthopter(a) (see orthopteron) + -an
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  • The former, an orthopteran, is a nocturnal feeder in contrast to the diurnal feeding of the caterpillars.
British Dictionary definitions for orthopteran

orthopteran

/ɔːˈθɒptərən/
noun (pl) -terans
1.
Also orthopteron, (pl) -tera (-tərə). any orthopterous insect
adjective
2.
another word for orthopterous

orthopterous

/ɔːˈθɒptərəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Orthoptera, a large order of insects, including crickets, locusts, and grasshoppers, having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings, hind legs adapted for leaping, and organs of stridulation
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Encyclopedia Article for orthopteran

broadly, any member of one of four insect orders. Orthopteran has come to be regarded as the common name for these related groups, which exhibit considerable morphological, physiological, and paleontological diversity. Although sometimes the insects are combined into the order Orthoptera, generally several orders are implied in the term orthopteran.

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