plural noun Me·cop·tera \məˈkäptərə\

Definition of Mecoptera

  1. :  an order of primitive carnivorous insects usually having membranous heavily veined wings, a long beak with biting mouthparts at the tip, and larvae that live in soil and including the scorpion flies and hanging flies


\-tərən\ noun, plural



\-t(ə)rəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of mecoptera

New Latin, from mec- + -ptera

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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