Mecoptera

plural noun Me·cop·tera \ məˈkäptərə \

Definition of Mecoptera

: an order of primitive carnivorous insects usually having membranous heavily veined wings, a long beak with biting mouthparts at the tip, and larvae that live in soil and including the scorpion flies and hanging flies

mecopteran

\-tərən\ noun, plural -s

mecopterous

\-t(ə)rəs\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of mecoptera

New Latin, from mec- + -ptera


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