plural noun

: a division of Heteroptera comprising chiefly aquatic bugs (as the boat bugs) with the antennae shorter than the head and usually hidden in cavities beneath the eyes compare gymnocerata

Word History


New Latin, from crypt- + -cerata (from Greek kerat-, keras horn)

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“Cryptocerata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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