haltere

noun
hal·​tere | \ ˈhȯl-ˌtir How to pronounce haltere (audio) , ˈhal- \
plural halteres\ ˈhȯl-​ˌtirz How to pronounce halteres (audio) , ˈhal-​ ; hȯl-​ˈtir-​ēz , hal-​ \

Definition of haltere

: 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

First Known Use of haltere

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haltere

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

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“Haltere.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haltere. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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