hymenopteran

play
noun hy·me·nop·ter·an \ˌhī-mə-ˈnäp-tə-rən\

Definition of hymenopteran

  1. :  any of an order (Hymenoptera) of highly specialized insects with complete metamorphosis that include the bees, wasps, ants, ichneumon flies, sawflies, gall wasps, and related forms, often associate in large colonies with complex social organization, and have usually four membranous wings and the abdomen generally borne on a slender pedicel

hymenopteran

adjective

hymenopterous

play \ˌhī-mə-ˈnäp-tə-rəs\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of hymenopteran

New Latin Hymenoptera, from Greek, neuter plural of hymenopteros membrane-winged, from hymēn + pteron wing — more at feather


Medical Dictionary

hymenopteran

play
noun hy·me·nop·ter·an \-tə-rən\

Medical Definition of hymenopteran

  1. :  any insect of the order Hymenoptera

hymenopteran

adjective

hymenopterous

\-tə-rəs\play adjective

Learn More about hymenopteran


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hymenopteran? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to fight against or to call in question

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!