plural noun Acal·yp·tra·tae \¦āˌkalə̇pˈträt(ˌ)ē, -āt-\

Definition of Acalyptratae

  1. :  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)


\¦ākə¦lipˌtrāt, (ˈ)ā¦kalə̇pˌtrāt\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of acalyptratae

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

First Known Use: 1893

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