Mecoptera

plural noun
Me·​cop·​tera | \ məˈkäptərə \

Definition of Mecoptera

: 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

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Other Words from Mecoptera

mecopteran \ -​tərən \ noun, plural -s
mecopterous \ -​t(ə)rəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Mecoptera

New Latin, from mec- + -ptera

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“Mecoptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mecoptera. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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