haltere

noun hal·tere \ ˈhȯl-ˌtir , ˈhal- \

Definition of haltere

plural halteres play \ˈhȯl-ˌtirz, ˈhal-; hȯl-ˈtir-ēz, hal-\
: one of a pair of club-shaped organs in a dipteran fly that are the modified second pair of wings and function as sensory flight stabilizers

Origin and Etymology of haltere

New Latin halter, from Latin, jumping weight, from Greek haltēr, from hallesthai to leap — more at sally


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