plural noun

: 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

Word History


New Latin, from anis- entry 1 + -ptera

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anisoptera was in 1831

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“Anisoptera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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