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Ephemeroptera Syllabification: E·phem·er·op·ter·a
Pronunciation: /əˌfeməˈräptərə/

Definition of Ephemeroptera in English:

1An order of insects that comprises the mayflies.
Example sentences
  • We further included four representatives of the Zygoptera, one representative of the Epiophlebiidae, and one representative of the Ephemeroptera of the family Ephemeridae as outgroup taxa.
1.1 (as plural noun ephemeroptera) Insects of the order Ephemeroptera; mayflies.


Modern Latin (plural), from Ephemera (genus name) + pteron 'wing'.



Pronunciation: /-tərən/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • These aquatic larvae, often ephemeropterans or dipterans, are readily available in the lower water column and interstitial spaces that these juveniles inhabit.
  • They are the ephemeropteran equivalents of theology.

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