orthopteran

noun
or·​thop·​ter·​an | \ ȯr-ˈthäp-tə-rən How to pronounce orthopteran (audio) \

Definition of orthopteran

: 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

Other Words from orthopteran

orthopteran adjective
orthopterist \ ȯr-​ˈthäp-​tə-​rist How to pronounce orthopteran (audio) \ noun
orthopteroid \ ȯr-​ˈthäp-​tə-​ˌrȯid How to pronounce orthopteran (audio) \ noun or adjective

First Known Use of orthopteran

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orthopteran

New Latin Orthoptera

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“Orthopteran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopteran. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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