homopteran

noun

ho·​mop·​ter·​an hō-ˈmäp-tə-rən How to pronounce homopteran (audio)
: any of an order or suborder (Homoptera) of insects (such as aphids and cicadas) that have sucking mouthparts
homopteran adjective
homopterous adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homopteran was circa 1842

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“Homopteran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homopteran. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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