plural noun
Tany·​sto·​ma·​ta | \ ˌtanə̇ˈstōmətə \

Definition of Tanystomata

in some classifications
: a division of dipterous insects inwhich the proboscis is large and contains lancelike mandibles and maxillae — compare horsefly, robber fly

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New Latin, from tany- + -stomata

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“Tanystomata.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tanystomata. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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