plural noun

: a major division of the subclass Pterygota comprising winged insects that are able to flex the wings over the abdomen when not in use and including all orders of winged insects except Odonata and Ephemeroptera

Word History


New Latin, from ne- + -ptera

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“Neoptera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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