coleoptera

plural noun co·le·op·tera \ ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tə-rə \

Definition of coleoptera

: insects that are beetles

coleopterist

play \ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tə-rist\ noun

coleopterous

play \ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tə-rəs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of coleoptera

New Latin, ultimately from Greek koleon sheath + pteron wing — more at feather


Medical Dictionary

coleoptera

noun plural co·le·op·te·ra \ ˌkō-lē-ˈäp-tə-rə \

medical Definition of coleoptera

1 capitalized : the largest order of insects comprising the beetles and weevils and being distinguished by a pair of forewings that are usually hard and rigid, are never used for flight, and serve as a protective covering for the delicate flight wings and the upper surface of the abdomen
2 : insects that are beetles

coleopteran

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coleopterist

play \-rəst\ noun

coleopterous

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