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orthopteran

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noun or·thop·ter·an \ȯr-ˈthäp-tə-rən\

Definition of orthopteran

  1. :  any of an order (Orthoptera) of insects (as crickets and grasshoppers) characterized by biting mouthparts, two pairs of wings or none, enlarged hind femurs, and an incomplete metamorphosis

orthopteran

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orthopterist

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orthopteroid

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Origin and Etymology of orthopteran

New Latin Orthoptera


First Known Use: circa 1842


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