plural noun

or·​thop·​tera ȯr-ˈthäp-tə-rə How to pronounce orthoptera (audio)
: insects that are orthopterans

Word History


New Latin, order name, from orth- + Greek pteron wing — more at feather

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orthoptera was in 1828

Dictionary Entries Near orthoptera

Cite this Entry

“Orthoptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthoptera. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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