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coleoptera

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noun plural co·le·op·tera \ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tə-rə\

Definition of coleoptera

  1. :  insects that are beetles

co·le·op·ter·ist play \-tə-rist\ noun
co·le·op·ter·ous play \-tə-rəs\ adjective


Origin of coleoptera

New Latin, ultimately from Greek koleon sheath + pteron wing — more at feather


First Known Use: 1771


Medical Dictionary

coleoptera

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noun plural co·le·op·te·ra \ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tə-rə\

Medical Definition of coleoptera

  1. 1 capitalized :  the largest order of insects comprising the beetles and weevils and being distinguished by a pair of forewings that are usually hard and rigid, are never used for flight, and serve as a protective covering for the delicate flight wings and the upper surface of the abdomen

  2. 2:  insects that are beetles

  3. co·le·op·te·ran \-rən\play noun or adjective
    co·le·op·te·rist \-rəst\play noun
    co·le·op·te·rous \-rəs\play adjective




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