Polyctenidae

plural noun
Pol·​yc·​ten·​i·​dae | \ ˌpälə̇kˈtenəˌdē\

Definition of Polyctenidae

: a family of viviparous bugs of the order Hemiptera comprising the bat bugs

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Polyctenidae

New Latin, from Polyctenes, type genus (from poly- + Greek -ktenēs —from kten-, kteis comb) + -idae

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on Polyctenidae

What made you want to look up Polyctenidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having no equal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!