het·​er·​op·​ter·​ous ˌhe-tə-ˈräp-tə-rəs How to pronounce heteropterous (audio)
: of or relating to an insect order or suborder (Heteroptera) comprising the true bugs

Word History


ultimately from Greek heter- + pteron wing — more at feather

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heteropterous was in 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Heteropterous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heteropterous. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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