Palaeodictyoptera

plural noun Palaeo·dic·ty·op·tera

Definition of Palaeodictyoptera

  1. :  an order of very primitive extinct insects known only from the Upper Carboniferous and Permian periods and characterized by homonomous segmentation of the thorax and abdomen and by a simple wing venation with a network of cross veins

palaeodictyopteran

adjective or noun

palaeodictyopterous

\-rəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of palaeodictyoptera

New Latin, from pale- + dicty- + -ptera


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