circa 1836, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from Greek makrópteros, from makro- macro- + -pteros "having wings (of the kind specified)," adjective derivative of ptéron "wing" — more at feather entry 1
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“Macropterous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/macropterous. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.
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