an orthopterous insect.

1895–1900; < Neo-Latin Orthopter(a) (see orthopteron) + -an

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orthopteran (ɔːˈθɒptərən)
n , pl -terans, -tera
1.  Also: orthopteron any orthopterous insect
2.  another word for orthopterous

orthopterous or orthopteran (ɔːˈθɒptərəs)
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
orthopteran or orthopteran

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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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The former, an orthopteran, is a nocturnal feeder in contrast to the diurnal feeding of the caterpillars.
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