neu·​rop·​ter·​an nu̇-ˈräp-tə-rən How to pronounce neuropteran (audio)
: any of an order (Neuroptera) of usually net-winged insects that include the lacewings and ant lions
neuropteran adjective
neuropterous adjective

Word History


New Latin Neuroptera, order name (from Greek neûron "sinew, tendon, nerve" + -o- -o- + -ptera, neuter plural of -pteros "having wings [of the given kind]," adjective derivative of pterón "feather, wing") + -an entry 1 — more at nerve entry 1, feather entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neuropteran was circa 1842

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“Neuropteran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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