Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

orthopteran

play
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 adjective
or·thop·ter·ist play \-rist\ noun
or·thop·ter·oid play \-ˌrȯid\ noun or adjective


Origin of orthopteran

New Latin Orthoptera


First Known Use: circa 1842


Learn More about orthopteran


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up orthopteran? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ