neuropteran

noun
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 neuropteran (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

Learn More About neuropteran

Time Traveler for neuropteran

Time Traveler

The first known use of neuropteran was circa 1842

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near neuropteran

Neuroptera

neuropteran

Neuropteris

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for neuropteran

Cite this Entry

“Neuropteran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neuropteran. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on neuropteran

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about neuropteran

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!