mac·​rop·​ter·​ous ma-ˈkräp-tə-rəs How to pronounce macropterous (audio)
: having long or large wings
macropterous insects

Word History


borrowed from Greek makrópteros, from makro- macro- + -pteros "having wings (of the kind specified)," adjective derivative of ptéron "wing" — more at feather entry 1

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macropterous was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Macropterous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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