thy·​sa·​nu·​ran ˌthī-sə-ˈnu̇r-ən How to pronounce thysanuran (audio)
thysanuran adjective

Word History


New Latin Thysanura, order name (from Greek thýsānos, usually in plural thýsānoi "tassels, fringe" —probably of pre-Greek substratal origin— + -oura, neuter plural of -ouros "having a tail of the kind specified," derivative of ourá "tail") + -an entry 1 — more at ass entry 2

Note: The taxon Thysanura was apparently introduced, in the vernacular form Thysanoures, by Georges cuvier in La règne animal, tome III (Paris, 1817), p. 158.

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thysanuran was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Thysanuran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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