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haltere

play
noun, hal·tere \ˈhȯl-ˌtir, ˈhal-\

Definition of haltere

plural halteres play \ˈhȯl-ˌtirz, ˈhal-; hȯl-ˈtir-ēz, hal-\

  1. :  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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