or·​thop·​ter·​an ȯr-ˈthäp-tə-rən How to pronounce orthopteran (audio)
: any of an order (Orthoptera) of insects (such as crickets and grasshoppers) characterized by biting mouthparts, two pairs of wings or none, enlarged hind femurs, and an incomplete metamorphosis
orthopteran adjective
orthopterist noun
orthopteroid noun or adjective

Word History


New Latin Orthoptera

First Known Use

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orthopteran was circa 1842

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“Orthopteran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopteran. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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