plural noun

: a group of two-winged flies having the alula small or wanting and including a number of pests (as fruit flies, many leaf miners, frit flies, and the cheese skipper)

Word History


New Latin, irregular from a- entry 2 + calypter + Latin -atae (feminine plural of -atus -ate)

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acalyptratae was in 1893

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“Acalyptratae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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