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

Definition of Acalyptratae

: 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)

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Other Words from Acalyptratae

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

First Known Use of Acalyptratae

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acalyptratae

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

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“Acalyptratae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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