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coleoptera

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

Definition of COLEOPTERA

:  insects that are beetles
co·le·op·ter·ist \-tə-rist\ noun
co·le·op·ter·ous \-tə-rəs\ adjective
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Origin of COLEOPTERA

New Latin, ultimately from Greek koleon sheath + pteron wing — more at feather
First Known Use: 1771
Medical Dictionary

coleoptera

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

Medical Definition of COLEOPTERA

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
:  insects that are beetles
co·le·op·te·ran \-rən\ noun or adjective
co·le·op·te·rist \-rəst\ noun
co·le·op·te·rous \-rəs\ adjective

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