plural noun

: an order of medium to large-sized broadly oval flattened cursorial insects consisting of the roaches and having the head concealed from above beneath the pronotum, strong chewing mouthparts, long many-jointed antennae, two pairs of wings when present with the forewings membranous and veined, prominent jointed cerci at the end of the abdomen, incomplete metamorphosis, and eggs produced in an ootheca

Word History


New Latin, from Blatta + -aria

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“Blattaria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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