noun hal·tere \ˈhl-ˌtir, ˈhal-\
plural hal·teres \ˈhl-ˌtirz, ˈhal-; hl-ˈtir-ēz, hal-\

Definition of HALTERE

:  one of a pair of club-shaped organs in a dipteran fly that are the modified second pair of wings and function as sensory flight stabilizers

Origin of HALTERE

New Latin halter, from Latin, jumping weight, from Greek haltēr, from hallesthai to leap — more at sally
First Known Use: circa 1823


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