Definition of Dictyoptera in English:

Dictyoptera

Syllabification: Dic·ty·op·ter·a
Pronunciation: /ˌdiktēˈäptərə
 
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Entomology
An order of insects that comprises the cockroaches and mantises. They have a somewhat flattened form, two pairs of wings, and long spiky legs.
More example sentences
  • Rohdendorf and Hennig both hypothesized a relationship of the Dermaptera to the Dictyoptera (cockroaches, mantises, and termites).
  • The earwigs comprise an order of polyneopterous insects allied to the Dictyoptera and Grylloblattodea.
  • To date, 10 insect orders, Homoptera, Heteroptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, Odonata, Isoptera, Orthoptera, and Dictyoptera, have been recorded to be hosts of Cordyceps species.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek diktuon 'net' + pteron 'wing'.

Derivatives

dictyopteran

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • Diplopods were predominant in biomass owing to the their large size, but spiders still constituted 27.8% of the total biomass, followed by coleopterans, dictyopterans, and scorpionids.
  • In the dictyopterans species, however, intermediate features of granulocytes and spherulocytes led them to hypothesize a developmental relationship between both, as postulated by Gupta.
  • All are predatory, but the type of prey ranges from spiders to various dictyopterans or orthopteroids to caterpillars (of either Lepidoptera or other Hymenoptera).

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