Anisoptera

plural noun
An·​isop·​tera | \ ˌaˌnīˈsäptərə \

Definition of Anisoptera

: a suborder of Odonata comprising the dragonflies that are larger stouter members of the order, hold the wings horizontally in repose, and have rectal gills during the naiad stage — compare zygoptera

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First Known Use of Anisoptera

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anisoptera

New Latin, from anis- entry 1 + -ptera

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“Anisoptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anisoptera. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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