noun hy·me·nop·ter·an \ˌhī-mə-ˈnäp-tə-rən\

Definition of HYMENOPTERAN

:  any of an order (Hymenoptera) of highly specialized insects with complete metamorphosis that include the bees, wasps, ants, ichneumon flies, sawflies, gall wasps, and related forms, often associate in large colonies with complex social organization, and have usually four membranous wings and the abdomen generally borne on a slender pedicel
hymenopteran adjective
hy·me·nop·ter·ous \-rəs\ adjective


New Latin Hymenoptera, from Greek, neuter plural of hymenopteros membrane-winged, from hymēn + pteron wing — more at feather
First Known Use: circa 1842


noun hy·me·nop·ter·an \-tə-rən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HYMENOPTERAN

:  any insect of the order Hymenoptera
hymenopteran adjective
hy·me·nop·ter·ous \-tə-rəs\ adjective


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