coleoptera

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

Definition of coleoptera 

: insects that are beetles

Other Words from coleoptera

coleopterist \ ˌkō-​lē-​ˈäp-​tə-​rist \ noun
coleopterous \ ˌkō-​lē-​ˈäp-​tə-​rəs \ adjective

First Known Use of coleoptera

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coleoptera

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

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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

Other Words from coleoptera

coleopteran \ -​rən \ noun or adjective
coleopterist \ -​rəst \ noun
coleopterous \ -​rəs \ adjective

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