neu·​rop·​ter·​an | \ nu̇-ˈräp-tə-rən How to pronounce neuropteran (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of neuropteran

: any of an order (Neuroptera) of usually net-winged insects that include the lacewings and ant lions

Other Words from neuropteran

neuropteran adjective
neuropterous \ nu̇-​ˈräp-​tə-​rəs How to pronounce neuropterous (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of neuropteran

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neuropteran

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

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“Neuropteran.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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