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hemipteran

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noun he·mip·ter·an \hi-ˈmip-tə-rən\

Definition of hemipteran

  1. :  any of a large order (Hemiptera) of hemimetabolous insects (as the true bugs) that have hemelytra and mouthparts adapted to piercing and sucking

hemipterous play \-rəs\ adjective


Origin of hemipteran

ultimately from Greek hēmi- + pteron wing — more at feather


First Known Use: circa 1864


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