homopteran

noun
ho·​mop·​ter·​an | \ hō-ˈmäp-tə-rən How to pronounce homopteran (audio) \

Definition of homopteran

: any of an order or suborder (Homoptera) of insects (such as aphids and cicadas) that have sucking mouthparts

Other Words from homopteran

homopteran adjective
homopterous \ hō-​ˈmäp-​tə-​rəs How to pronounce homopterous (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of homopteran

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homopteran

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

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“Homopteran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homopteran. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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