Zygoptera

plural noun
Zy·​gop·​tera | \ zīˈgäptərə \

Definition of Zygoptera

: a suborder of Odonata comprising forms that are distinguished from the typical dragonflies by a slenderer elongated body, by narrow equal wings held upright in repose, and by aquatic larvae that have a pair of paddle-shaped tracheal gills at the apex of the abdomen — see damselfly — compare anisoptera

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Other Words from Zygoptera

zygopteran \ -​rən \ adjective or noun
zygopterous \ -​rəs \ adjective

History and Etymology for Zygoptera

New Latin, from zyg- + -ptera

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“Zygoptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zygoptera. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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