Definition of Hymenoptera in English:

Hymenoptera

Syllabification: Hy·me·nop·ter·a
Pronunciation: /ˌhīməˈnäptərə
 
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Entomology
  • 1A large order of insects that includes the bees, wasps, ants, and sawflies. These insects have four transparent wings and the females typically have a sting.
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    • They frequently feed on Hymenoptera (bees, wasps and ants), Diptera (true flies), Hemiptera (true bugs) and Coleoptera (beetles).
    • They belong to the order Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps, sawflies, and ichneumons.
    • Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and Hymenoptera were the most represented orders in terms of the number of species observed.
  • 1.1 (as plural noun hymenoptera) Insects of the order Hymenoptera.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek humenopteros 'membrane-winged', from humēn 'membrane' + pteron 'wing'.

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